Ship's Cats The Cats Hammock

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Artist: Celia Pike

 The cards are printed in the UK on 280gsm FSC accredited board with recycled brown paper envelopes.

The cards are blank inside and suitable for all occasions.

Sizes 177 x 127mm (7” x 5”)

Card & envelopes are nested, i.e., no cello bags or plastic packaging.

The Cat’s Hammock, HMS Belfast From the start of World War II the presence of cats was encouraged on board the Royal Navy ships. As well as performing their duties of controlling vermin, cats often formed affectionate bonds with crew members and provided much needed comfort. The act of stroking a purring cat proved to be soothing to those who might be injured, homesick or frightened. Their feline antics and playfulness would entertain when distraction was needed. Crew members on more than a few ships reportedly made tiny cat sized hammocks for their little friends, like this one on HMS Belfast, made for the ship’s mascot Frankenstein