A cool description of one of the first transatlantic airship flights, here in Transatlantic Airships: An Illustrated History, by John Christopher:
The senior office on the transatlantic flight was Air Commodore E.M. Maitland; a quixotic figure with an unsurpassed enthusiasm for airships and a personal fascination with the parachute. He was the first person to parachute from an airship at a time when the parachute’s value as a life-saver was much underrated generally. The captain of the airship was Major George Herbert Scott. Known to everyone as ‘Scotty’, he was the most skillful British airship pilot. In total the R34’s crew numbered thirty men plus two carrier pigeons (it had been customary practice to carry these during the war, but what purpose they could serve over the Atlantic was unclear) plus a lucky black cloth cat provided by the girls at Beardmore as a mascot.