She was small and black, with four legs, a
tail, green eyes and a great personality. Her name was
I met her aboard my husband's ship HMS
Kittiwake. she was the ship's cat.
Kittiwake had put into Yarmouth. There had been
an air-raid and some of the crew went ashore to see if they could
help. In a bombed-out house they found only one survivor - a little
black cat. So they picked her up, took her back to the ship and named
her "Typhoon". She quickly settled down as a member of the crew,. She
had her own small hammock on the mess deck and learned very quickly
where food came from.
When the ship was in harbour she went ashore in
the Liberty boat - and whatever time leave was piped she would be
back on the dockside to get back to the ship.
She did not waste her time ashore - there was
an almost non stop stream of kittens - one litter rumoured to be the
result of a goodwill visit to a Russian ship. Her kittens were always
born on the Chief Engineer's bunk - he turned out quite happily for
It was a charming sight on the mess deck to see
Typhoon looking out of her hammock with two small black kitten faces
She only missed the ship once- and that was a
bad trip - a very severe storm and a man lost overboard.
Eventually she retired from the
Navy and went to live ashore with one of the crew and his
Dear Typhoon - she went through all the
vicissitudes of life in a corvette in "E boat Alley" and I know she
made a great contribution to the morale of her shipmates.
Extract from the signal
log - "Lord Plender laid alongside Lady Philomena all
Lord Plender and Lady
Philomena were minesweeping
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