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Practical Boat Owner - - Letters -

We were in­ter­ested to see the pho­to­graph of Buddy the cat on board Thea (Magic Isles of Scilly, PBO Au­gust 2018). Is this the same Buddy who ap­peared as Sea­cat of the Month in PBO Au­gust 2009? We have ac­tu­ally had a photo of Buddy on our fridge ever since! What a beau­ti­ful cat! We are both ex-Royal Navy and we think that Buddy is rem­i­nis­cent of Nel­son in his smart white breeches! Mar­garet & Matthew Heaton (RNSA) Chob­ham, Sur­rey Lor­raine Owen re­sponds It is in­deed the same Buddy. He is a very states­man­like ‘Nel­son’ now, be­ing 14 years of age, but still a lively lad and still en­joy­ing his time on the wa­ter. He must have been about five years old in the orig­i­nal sea­cat photo.

Buddy has done about 7,000 miles over the sea, in­clud­ing two trips to Ire­land. He seems to have no dif­fi­culty mak­ing the tran­si­tion be­tween our coun­try cot­tage in the win­ter to life on board dur­ing the sum­mer, but I sup­pose it is some­thing he has al­ways been used to.

We found him as a week-old aban­doned and in­jured kit­ten and hand-reared him. I sus­pect he re­ally doesn’t think he is a cat.

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