Cats in the Sea Services

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Not even the saltiest sailor nor most hardened Marine can resist the charms of a cat. So popular were cats on ships that they were often considered part of the crew and issued thier own bunks and uniforms. See this fascinating collection of historic photos demonstrating the affection the U.S. sea services have had for cats over the years. Pictured are the crewmen of the USS Texas, circa 1900.

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Good heavens! I'm glad I'm not the only one who only saw the dog. (And I'm even more glad that someone pointed out the cat or I'd *still* be sitting here thinking,"But that's not a cat...")
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I went to the link, and it was poignant. It was kinda weird because those pictures had a sense of reality that we wouldn't normally associate with the 19th century.
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