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Poll - Eliza Bunts Parrot
HMS Trincomalee is the oldest warship afloat anywhere in Europe...one of the most advanced fighting machines of her age.
Eliza Bunt was a passenger with 2 children during the maiden voyage of HMS Trincomalee 1818-19.
During the voyage she kept a detailed diary of her journey and mentions her parrot Poll, which was most probably a species native to Sri Lanka.
Sadly Poll was killed by a neighbours cat on her return to Britain.
An old reminder that cats and birds dont play well together.