Pelorus Jack: Mascot of H.M.S. ‘New Zealand’

English bulldogs have long been popular mascots used to represent England or the United Kingdom. Two bulldogs named Pelorus Jack (named after a famous dolphin that accompanied ships sailing in the outer Marlborough Sounds between 1888-1912) served as mascots aboard HMS New Zealand during the First World War.

Sadly, the first Pelorus Jack (pictured here) died after falling down the forward funnel, although how he got up there is a mystery. He was "Discharged Dead" from the Navy on 24 April 1916.

According to his will, he requested that his successor by a "bull pup of honest parentage, clean habits, and moral tendencies". Unsurprisingly, his patriotism continued after death as he also wished that "no Dachshound or other dog of Teutonic extraction" be permitted aboard the ship.
Collection holder:
The British Library
Artist or maker:
Photographer: Stuart Thompson
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