Description: If a ships' cat is angry, the ship faces a hard voyage
Origin: 17th Century Europe
Many ships in the age of sail carried one or more cats on board to help keep rats away from the stores, and so it was natural that superstitions would rise up about them. If the cat was happy at the start of a voyage, the crew could expect a following wind; and it was thought that a cross-wind could be summoned by shutting the cat in a canister. Throwing a cat overboard was thought to result in an immediate storm.
Note: These superstitions
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