Melvin Vaniman and his good-luck cat, Trent, aboard the steamship Trent in October 1910. Photo from Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection.

Today at noon, travel back in time with Peggy Gavan, author of The Cat Men of Gotham, as she shares amazing stories of famous ship cats and naval cats of Old New York. In our virtual talk, the The Seafaring Cats of Gotham: Tales of Nautical Felines of Old New York, explore the history of the Chelsea Piers, Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York Docks, and Red Hook while meeting these nautical felines and the sailors, dock workers, and ship captains who came to their rescue–and came to love them. Fun for cat lovers and New York maritime history fans alike!

Hear about: The Pirate Cats of Chelsea Piers Who Celebrated Christmas on the RMS Olympic The Little Black Kitten Presented to Captain Arthur Rostron, the Hero of the RMS Carpathia The Viking Cat Who Was Rescued by Lifeboat en Route to Brooklyn The Navy Cat Who Survived the Explosion on the USS Maine The Brave and Brawny Cats of the Brooklyn Navy Yard — and more.

This live event is organized for Untapped New York Insiders — get two months free with code STAYHOME. A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Video Archive section of our website.