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Title: Unsinkable Sam
Post by: steve58 on August 15, 2019, 01:55:25 PM
I saw mention of this over on WoWS.  Good kitty... O0

Unsinkable Sam (also known as Oskar or Oscar) is the nickname of a real cat, reportedly in service as a ship's cat during World War II both in the Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy, surviving the sinking of three ships: KMS Bismarck, HMS Cossack, and HMS Ark Royal.
Title: Re: Unsinkable Sam
Post by: Gusington on August 15, 2019, 04:37:15 PM
The Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy??
Title: Re: Unsinkable Sam
Post by: Staggerwing on August 15, 2019, 05:33:50 PM
I've heard of him. He was the Bismarck's ship's cat but was rescued by RN sailors and adopted. At first he was thought of as good luck but by the time he survived his second or third sinking the sailors' perspective had changed to that of thinking him bad luck since his ships all sank, even the ones which had rescued him but passed him on to others. After the Ark Royal sank Sam the Cat was beached for good.