Beloved ‘ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer’ dies

Fe­line sur­vived three cat-nap­pings, 16 win­ters on board Aca­dia

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

The best-loved cat on water­front has died.

Erik the Red, the re­tired “ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer” at the CSS Aca­dia na­tional his­toric site, passed away Tues­day.

The Mar­itime Mu­seum of the At­lantic, where the Aca­dia is moored, an­nounced the death Thurs­day, say­ing Erik died “qui­etly at home af­ter a brief ill­ness.”

He old.

The el­derly or­ange tabby was the ship’s ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer for more than 15 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 2015 to share a home in Hal­i­fax’s north end with a hu­man co-worker.

Erik was of­ten seen wan­der­ing around the shops and res­tau­rants on the water­front. Some of­fered him sweaters in the win­ter, while mu­seum was around 20 Hal­i­fax’s year oth­ers treats.

He staff are con­vinced puffed Erik up with

had

sur­vived

three cat-nap­pings win­ters on

Aca­dia.

The Aca­dia, a Cana­dian Sci­en­tific and board 16 the Ship, was re­tired in 1969 af­ter 56 years of ser­vice and des­ig­nated a na­tional his­toric site in 1976.

CP PHOTO/ALY THOM­SON

Erik The Red sits on a ta­ble in the chart room of the CSS Aca­dia in Hal­i­fax, N.S., dur­ing his re­tire­ment party on Sept. 20, 2015. The best-loved cat on Hal­i­fax’s water­front has died. Erik the Red, the re­tired “ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer” at the CSS Aca­dia na­tional his­toric site, passed away Tues­day.

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