The Museum relies on its friends and supporters from around the world, who share information and visual material with us. In addition to animal lovers, sailors, artists and history buffs, we are also fortunate to have the expertise of curators, underwater archaeologists, mariners, historians and archivists.
We welcome your leads and suggestions about maritime pets! Please share our Facebook and Twitter links with friends.
Tweets often transmit historic photos uncovered by researchers and nautical historians from around the world. Sailors and their pets also share stories and images. Recent correspondents include Tommy the Coal boat Dog from Liverpool UK and Salty Sea Cat, a Turkish Van from Scotland, who cruises around the UK. These pets and many others (with their humans' assistance) share their seafaring adventures via social media.
A former South African Naval officer has shared many photographs, articles and personal stories about the mascots and working animals used by their Service. A very famous World War II mascot, Just Nuisance, even has a memorial in Simonstown Harbor, near the Cape of Good Hope.
Barcelona artist Ana Novella produces paintings in mixed media combining maritime animals and themes with people. Her works capture the joy of the sea and all its nurturing qualities, and the playfulness of man interacting with animals. She dedicated a series of ten works of art to the museum, which have been exhibited and are available as reproductions. To learn more about Ana's work, visit her website atwww.ananovella.com