Talks at the Seaport Museum

The Seafaring Cats of Gotham

A Talk with Author Peggy Gavan

Wednesday, October 16 | 6:30 pm | $5

True tales of ships, sailors, and their mascot cats in early 20th-century Manhattan and Brooklyn

Peggy Gavan, author of The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendships in Old New York, will wind the audience through the piers and streets of Old New York as she tells amazing stories of the sailors, dock workers, and ship captains of Gotham and the ship cats they adopted and came to love. Hear about:

  • The Pirate Cats of Chelsea Piers Who Celebrated Christmas on the RMS Olympic
  • The Little Black Kitten Presented to Captain Arthur Rostron, the Hero of the RMS Carpathia
  • The Viking Ship Cat Who Was Rescued by Lifeboat en Route to Brooklyn
  • The Determined Ship Cat of Pier 95—and More Nautical Cat Tales

Fun for cat lovers and New York maritime history fans alike!
A reception will follow.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 pm.


Getting Here

By subway: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street. Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach Water Street. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.

By bus: Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding. Walk one block east.

By ferry: The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey. From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes. Once at Fulton Street, turn left and walk up one block west toward Water Street. From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.

Parking: Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just two blocks from Bowne & Co. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.


*As we are located in an historic district please contact the Museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit