Felix the Mayflower II Kitten

Third Mate Jan Junker with Felix the Mayflower KittenThe littlest crew-member, life jacket and all, was Felix the Mayflower II kitten. He had quite the adventure sailing from England to Plymouth in 1957. Adults and children marveled at his unique story, and Felix enjoyed his burst of celebrity in Fifties America. 

Today, a brand new generation of children and adults can enjoy the tale of this unlikely sailor, thanks to the captivating children's book, Felix and His Mayflower II Adventures. In this chapter book, both children and adults will delight in tracing Felix's escapades as they were assembled by author Peter Arenstam from true accounts of the famed transatlantic journey. Peter is the Museum’s Maritime Artisans Manager and his entertaining narrative brings Felix's character to life after more than 50 years.

"Sharing the history of Mayflower II is exciting and important to me," said the author. "I knew it might be hard for children to connect with the stories ofAuthor Peter Arenstam with Felix toy the adult sailors who made the '57 voyage. Narrating Felix's adventures seemed the perfect way to convey the significance of this historic account, while telling it through the eyes of a real character that children could relate to. I think their parents will enjoy it too!" 

Beautifully illustrated by Ronnie Rooney, an illustrator originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, Felix and His Mayflower II Adventures comes to life across the pages with detailed pen and ink drawings. 

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Felix the Mayflower Kitten

Our cuddly soft kitten looks remarkably like the real black and white kitten named Felix who sailed from England aboard Mayflower II.

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Felix and his Mayflower II Adventure

By Maritime Artisans Department Manager Peter Arenstam

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