Four famous American cats as listed in Prescott's epic tome " Famous American Cats 1840-1940 "published Rotterdam 1940. They are Durango, Toledo, Oswego and Captain Blood. A litter fathered by the most famous of all American cats, Cupcake and all listed in Prescott. As their stories are varied and colorful, we will start with the most famous of the group, Captain Blood . This cat was sold to an officer in the British Navy and became the ship's cat on the HMS Queen Mary. In 1916 this battlecruiser participated in the Battle of Jutland and was sunk in a pair of shattering explosions which killed all but eighteen of the crew. In the gray north Atlantic, shrouded in mist and gunpowder smoke, several survivors struggled to survive in the cold waters. As they began to lose hope, out of the mist and smoke splashed Captain Blood missing an ear, half of his tail, a forehead wound and singed fur. He swam up to one of the sailors and climbed onto the life vest of the man. There the cat stoically looked into the mist and daunting waves. Captain Blood then began to howl. Look lads said one of the survivors if Captain Blood can find us in this water our ships will find us. And so it was. Eighteen sailors and Captain Blood were pulled from the sea. At least that's what the cats say.

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  • Rita PRO 4y

    You, sir, have missed your calling. But not your caterwauling. Great picture, by the way.
  • hliguy PRO 4y

    Great photo and great story. Errol Flynn starred in the 1935 movie "Captain Blood" about a suave pirate. I wonder if Hollywood picked up on the cat's name as a perfect name for the movie?
  • Wooway1 PRO 4y

    It is time to return to this litter of outstanding felines. Oswego was purchased by an American naturalist who was independently wealthy. He anonymously published "Footfalls and Paw Prints" which was the story of his trek along the Appalachian Trail with Oswego. They traversed from Maine to Georgia and Oswego is considered the only cat to have hiked the complete trail.A small brass plaque on Brasstown Bald commemorates this feline's accomplishment. Toledo was the only female in the litter and she was purchased as a mouser for a fire department station in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo began to ride to the fires on the horse drawn fire engine and latter a motorized one. Toledo would scamper up the ladder and enter smoke filled buildings looking for humans. She would then alert the firemen by caterwauling. She was so successful in finding people in smoke filled buildings that the fireman's expression of astonishment "Holy Toledo" is believed by American slang historians to have begun as an expression of amazement by firemen over Toledo's exploits.
  • hliguy PRO 4y

    Great stories and great research.
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