The Ship’s Cat

February 6, 2015-February 20, 2015
Admission: FREE!

Dating back to ancient times, cats have been found a home on many trading, exploration and naval ships. They were Pooli_(cat)companions and mascots on long journeys, beloved by their crew, but they also served a practical purpose. One of their most important duties on board was to catch any rodents that might be hiding on board. These pests could damage ropes, threaten limited supplies and even spread disease.

Celebrate this rich history in an all new photo exhibit at FMM, exploring the lives of cats at sea.

  • Cat Food Drive to Benefit Cat Depot
    December 2, 2014 – February 5, 2015
    In honor of an upcoming exhibit celebrating the history of cats at sea, FMM will be collecting canned and dry cat food to help feed our needy feline friends at Cat Depot.
  • Exhibit Opening Reception:
    Thursday, February 5, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
    Enjoy light refreshments and help FMM craft nautical cat toys to donate to Cat Depot. Please RSVP by calling (941) 708-6120 or contacting Halee Turner at
  • Cats at Sea Lecture: Stories & Superstitions
    Wednesday, February 11, 3:00 pm
    Cats have a history as mystical creatures, especially in superstitious seafaring communities. Join us for a few of our favorite stories.