of course she can climb ladders. it’s required of all crew.

of course she can climb ladders. it’s required of all crew.

Ship Cat Chiclet

Chiclet came to us as a rescue from the Rockaways [in 2009?]. A visiting 4-year old named her for “a small gum" when we explained that the cat was not a kitten, just very small. In 2012, Chiclet was listed among Time Out's top New York City mascots after issuing her own press release.

In 2019 we will be celebrating her 10th birthday with the publication of her memoir. Stay tuned!

Her Important Work

Chiclet is more than just a famous New York City cat. She keeps the MARY rodent-free. She acts as our official greeter, approaching all visitors and rubbing against their ankles. And she is the ship’s inspector on all pier and outdoor shipwork. Her longest stint was supervising the repair to our shorepower connection after Hurricane Sandy—she oversaw that nighttime, all-flashlight job for four whole hours, which is more than any dog who’s visited us can claim. While Chiclet wears many hats at PortSide, she refuses to get involved in administration. She finds typing boring, unless there’s string is involved.

Meet Chiclet

Visit us during TankerTime hours or learn how to volunteer aboard the MARY. Chiclet sends her regards.