The story I told last week about HMS Vanguard’s cats, Flotsam and Jetsam, brought an interesting reply from John Hucker of Fareham.
John tells me that he might have known the cat’s mother as he joined the Vanguard in October 1946 and was on the Royal Tour of South Africa in 1947.
On board was Minnie, the dining hall cat and shortly before leaving Portsmouth on February 3 she gave birth to two kittens.
Were they Flotsam and Jetsam? Quite possible.
Most ships had cats to keep down the mice and Vanguard was no different.