This month the NMM has released a cute and cuddly batch of historic photographs on Flickr. The new set depicts a variety of animals that travelled onboard ship around the world, keeping sailors company.
P07392.jpg The mascot of HMS Renown
The images can also be found in a charming book of the same name in the Museum's shop which tells some of the tales of these animals and the feelings that their shipmates had for them.