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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