Readers of Liz Clark's blog and her followers on Instagram already know: Amelia is gone.
Amelia the cat (named after Amelia Earhart) had shared Liz's shipboard life for a year and a half when she failed to reappear one day onshore. Liz figures Amelia finally realized that living on a Cal 40 just wasn't fun after all.
"Life on a slippery, 40’ by 11’ hunk of fiberglass surrounded by ocean was a radical contrast to the lonesome jungle living she knew at the empty mountain mansion where we met," Liz explains in her blog post about losing Amelia. Over the previous several months Amelia had settled in well, chasing birds, helping to navigate, and learning to climb up a towel "ladder" if she fell overboard. Liz even brought her ashore to enjoy beach hikes and tree climbs, but a few months ago Amelia failed to return from one of their many island adventures.
"As much as I badly want to see her again, there’s a part of me that thinks she’s likely happier in her new land life," Liz explains. "I never owned her; we chose each other. I did my best to keep her happy during her spell afloat, but as the rainy season and my book project kept us more and more often aboard Swell over the last month or so, I would notice a far-off look of longing and boredom in her eyes."
There's a lot more about Amelia (as well as some great photos of a cat's life) on Liz's blog: Swell Voyage. Fair winds Amelia, and Liz!