Obscura Society NY: Nautical Cats. Adventure, Courage, and Betrayal! - Atlas Obscura


Obscura Society NY: Nautical Cats. Adventure, Courage, and Betrayal!

A historical lecture about the most unusual of crew members.

Always believed that cats are afraid of water? Not the cats that Dr. Paul Koudounaris will tell us riveting tales of at this unique lecture event at Catland Books.

Felines started boarding ships as crew members as far back as Ancient Egypt, and have ever since sailed the world in quest of adventure. Cats were at one point such a standard feature on any respectable boat that no captain worth his salt would set sail without one. These determined little creatures fought in naval battles, won medals, and traveled as far as the South Pole. Many of them displayed exceptional bravery. Some are even said to have displayed supernatural powers. Dr. Paul Koudounaris (author of Empire of Death, Heavenly Bodies, and Memento Mori, general bon vivant, and expert on obscure feline history) will present the remarkable stories of the famous cats who prowled the high seas. These are stories of adventure, courage, and betrayal that traverse the span of nautical history. Most of all, they are stories of felines at their essence. Join us to learn more about this unusual reality.


Wednesday, October 7th 8pm

at Catland Books

987 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY


$10 presale until October 4th

$15 after October 4th



Email rebecca.posner@atlasobscura.com