"Blackie" was a tuxedo cat who lived in New Zealand in the late 30's, and he must have had a crystal clear head as kitties go. In The New Zealand Railways Magazine (vol. 13, issue 11 Jan. 1 1939!) a story is told of the New Zealand Government tender ship the Matai. Four times a year this ship went round and round the country's 3000 coastal miles, checking up on the lighthouses and bringing supplies to their keepers. Last but not least, the Matai provided a fine home for Blackie.
Blackie was partial to the engine-room (it would have been nice and warm), and every so often availed himself of insider privileges with other modes of local transport. One of his jaunts was so epic as to excite comment for some time:
“Blackie” walked ashore without leave in Auckland, but rejoined in Wellington
ten days later. It happened that during this interval there had been no vessels
making this trip. How did “Blackie” get to Wellington? There are people prepared
to take their oath that “Blackie” was seen wandering around the Auckland railway
yard, so one simply assumes that this very intelligent cat knew all about the
As usual I can't nick his photo off the site due to copyright issues, but you must, must see it. And here is the whole Matai article, including Blackie's story. (Be sure and find the page break.)