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Mascots on board Naval Ships
« on: Tuesday 27 February 18 23:23 GMT (UK) »
Can anyone enlighten me as to whether it was common practice to have animal mascots on board fighting naval ships.  I have reference to my grandfathers ship having a mascot goat on board. Would this have been common practice?  If not, any suggestions on why it would be there?  The goat was shot by enemy fire at the landing of Gallipoli.  Thank you

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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 23:54 GMT (UK) »
Cats were commonplace on ships (to control the rat population).  I have heard of dogs and birds as ship mascots, but I hadn't heard of a goat at war.

Interesting article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/animal-mascots-once-sailed-navy-180957508/

(on a flippant note - maybe the Turks were fed up with lamb dinners and wanted to try goat for a change!)  :o
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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 01:54 GMT (UK) »
Thanks phillpearchiwng for the link and information.  I have a photograph of the goat so I know it existed and that it was shot....just wondered how it got on board and was it a common idea to have a animal on board. Thanks for your help

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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 09:22 GMT (UK) »
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2013/september/20/130920-artfuls-primate-mascot - would seem to suggest it was relatively common practice
The Royal Navy itself has a long and illustrious history of animal mascots, some even going to sea in times of war.

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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 10:14 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 10:24 GMT (UK) »
And this which mentions getting goats at Malta
https://www.theguardian.com/science/animal-magic/2015/dec/07/barbara-polar-bear-cats-in-cannons-royal-navys-animal-mascots

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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 22:58 GMT (UK) »
Thanks GrahamSimons,  I appreciate your help.

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Re: Mascots on board Naval Ships
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 28 February 18 22:59 GMT (UK) »
Thanks MaxD,  It would appear that having animals on board was a common practice.  thank you for the link