Mrs Chippy the Cat: Published by Scholastic
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A ginger tomcat arrives aboard the ship Endurance with his master, Chippy McNeish, who is to be the ship’s carpenter. The cat soon makes himself at home, sleeping on the bunks, crunching on fish bones given to him by the crew, and climbing over every inch of the ship.
The cat finds a stowaway hiding on the ship and the two become best friends. Mrs Chippy is also the first to spot the Antarctic pack ice spread out before them. And when the ice grips and eventually sinks the Endurance, Mrs Chippy camps with the men and the dogs on the freezing ice floe.