List of Notable Cats – Wikipedia, of course – leads to “Unsinkable Sam”

No, really: List of cats – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Thence to: Unsinkable Sam

Unsinkable Sam (also known as Oscar) was the nickname of a German ship’s cat who saw service in both the Kriegsmarine and Royal Navy during the Second World War, serving on board three vessels and surviving the sinking of all three.

The ships were:

  • Bismarck
  • HMS Cossack
  • HMS Ark Royal

…which is pretty impressive. On his third sinking (Ark Royal) it is reported that: The survivors, including Sam, who had been found clinging to a floating plank by a motor launch, and described as “angry but quite unharmed” were transferred to HMS Lightning and the same HMS Legion which had rescued the crew of Cossack. Legion would itself be sunk in 1942, and Lightning in 1943.

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