Shipmates and Best Buddies

I seem to take quite a few photos of ship’s cat Beryl and David together–this is largely because they are constant companions aboard the boat.  They’re pretty much always looking at the same thing. And, when I say “smile” they both look at me with similar loopy grins.  

Shipmates and best buddies stand watch together.

Beryl the Ship's Cat with David on Watch

Smile! for a photo!

Ship's Cat Beryl with David

Ship’s Cat and the Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

Life aboard can be rough if you’re the ship’s cat and Beryl, Mahdee’s ship’s cat, finds that she just cannot get comfortable because there always seems to be something in the way.  In this case it is the organizer bin that hold navigation tools, rulers, dividers, and the obligatory USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations handbook.  We’ve found that we can download the handbook here on the USCG site but we really need to keep that hard copy handy in the charthouse at the chart table.  Thus, Beryl will just have to remain a little uncomfortable.

Ship's Cat Beryl Snoozing against USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

Cat in Charge

Life is hard for the ship’s cat it seems.  It remains a constant struggle for Beryl to identify the most important bit of kit to lay upon to assure that the crew doesn’t have proper access to it.  Here we see her taking charge of my jacket that I’d just taken off and was wanting to put back on.

Beryl and the jacket

Beryl in the picture

Beryl, our ship’s cat, finds it next to impossible to stay away from her favorite person, David.  She follows him around everywhere.  And that means everywhere.  I just ran across this photograph while looking for a good shot of Reid Glacier.  Yep, David’s on the bowsprit getting the photo therefore Beryl is following right along to get in the way–or in this case, in the photo.

 

Beryl on the Bowsprit at Reid Glacier

Best buddies

Dave and Beryl

David and Beryl spend a lot of quality time together. Cockpit snoozing in the California Delta is just one of many joint endeavors for this duo.

Catching up on reading

Sometimes Beryl keeps David’s feet warm while he’s catching up on professional reading–in this case in Taku Harbor during a rainy Southeast Alaska day.

Or, better yet, she helps him stand watch if he happens to be sitting inside the charthouse–like this time during an endless series of watches while we traveled over 4000 nautical miles up and down the west coast last year.

And, there’s always the chance to be the lookout-helper when it’s foggy outside.

Finally, there’s nobody better than Beryl to help David decide when to eat the blackberries he’s collected.

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