Between 1900 and the 1950s, Sydney photographer Sam Hood took hundreds of photographs of ships and their crew for souvenirs of their visit or to send home to families. This photograph depicts two men posed with a dog and a kitten. Such animals were often expected to earn their keep catching mice and rats, but they undoubtedly also provided an outlet for affection.
For more information see Patricia Miles' article Little Shipmates
82, 2008, pp 34-35.
This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.
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Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection.
ANMM Collection 00023639.
Owner: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons