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LS Fred Wunpound

fred-wunpound_01I found this article in the August 2007 issue of Navy News while looking for something else. (I can’t remember what – it doesn’t even matter.) The point is, LS (Leading Seacat) Fred Wunpound traveled the world for almost a full decade aboard the ship HMS Hecate. According to the article, he died in his sleep in 1976, but not before receiving two good conduct badges and one disgraceful conduct badge. Just look at him. He’s a sailor through and through.

If I find any more information on Mr. Wunpound you can rest assured I will pass it along.

This post is dedicated to all the cats who have sailed the open seas, be they aboard Viking ships, Spanish galleons, Chinese junks, or Royal Caribbean cruise liners.

9 replies on “LS Fred Wunpound”

That they booted him off makes me wish there were more pirate ships out there for the seaworthy cats of the world.


I served on HMS Hecate from about 1974 / 76 along with Fred. I remember sailing from Bristol ? & Fred was awol, the skipper delayed sailing as long as possible & all hands were tasked to find him (which we did).
They never waited for me when we were under sailing orders !!

Rember Fred very well. He used to visit me in the wireless office during the night watches to get warm.
John Schofield where are you?

I served on Hecate with Fred from 1969-70. He used to get seasick especially after being alongside for a while and his bed was outside the Supply Officers cabin as that was the calmest place on board. He had been a bit abused by the previous crew members and was a rather frightened cat. I used to work on DHP (Dining Hall Party) and Fred became tamer after some spoiling and love. He still used to hide up in the deckheads and swipe at you as you passed under, especially if you were wearing a cap. He became very vocal when locked in the library whilst in foreign ports.He wanted to go ashore!

good old fred, as we used to say. However, if anyone is interested in cats on warships there is an EXCELLENT book regarding Seacat Simon, who was on board the ship in the Yankzee incident, a true story for which received the Dickens Medal, animal’s version to the VC. The book is entitle Able Seacat Simon, read to learn how real sailors acted under fire.

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