The story of a brave, seafaring cat who, in the company of Matthew Flinders, circumnavigated the globe in the years 1799-1804.
To the memory of Trim, the best and most illustrious of his Race, the most affectionate of friends, faithful of servants, and best of creatures. He made a Tour of the Globe, and a voyage to Australia, which he circumnavigated; and was ever the delight and pleasure of his fellow voyagers. Returning to Europe in 1803, he was shipwrecked in the Great Equinoxial Ocean; This danger escaped, he sought refuge and assistance at the Isle of France, where he was made prisoner, contrary to the laws of Justice, of Humanity, and of French National Faith; and where, alas! He terminated his useful career; by an untimely death, being devoured by the Catophago of that island. Many a time have I beheld his little merriment′s with delight, and his superior intelligence with surprise: Never will his life be seen again! Trim was born in the Southern Indian Ocean, in the Year 1799, and perished as above at the Isle of France in 1804.
Peace be to his shade, and Honour to his memory.
About the Author
Matthew Flinders carried out several important and daring voyages of discovery along coastal portions of the land now known as Australia. Flinders was the first to consistently use the term Australia, something that would have guaranteed him a place in history apart from his many other achievements. Additionally he was first to prove that the eastern and western sections of Australia were connected, and his work gave the map of Australia its present shape.
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Comments about Trim:
How sad this little story did not see the light of day until the 1970's. It is pure magic from start to finish and an insight into life on board Flinders' boat with the added bonus of the fun everyone received from the adventures of this little cat. "Trim's" ultimate end is less happy, but with the aid of the delightful sketches of "Trim" throughout the little book, I think it is a book to give someone very special who loves cats but equally to someone who enjoys an animal story. I"m glad it was rescued from that musty old file.
Comments about Trim:
A small gem of a book from the essay penned by Captain Flinders during his confinement on French Mauritius, dedicated to his favourite cat, Trim. Snippets of shipboard life in the late 18th-early 19th C. remind us that, despite the harshness of life on vessels, crews could still find time for pets, games, and fun, as Trim's adventures are recounted in delightful prose. My elderly parents fought over this book; snatching it from each other when one of them went off to bed, being re-snatched back in the morning. We all adored this book, a tender tribute to a fellow feline traveller.
Number Of Pages: 51
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 16.5 x 12.5 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Type: New edition