Unsinkable Sam: The Lucky Cat Who Used Three Of His Nine Lives To Survive Shipwrecks


They say that cats have nine lives, but for the feline lovers of the world, this myth very often turns out to be tragically untrue. However, some furry friends are more fortunate than others. One of them emerged as a kitty during World War II, when she famously defied death not once, not twice, but thrice.

Incredible Sami

"Unsinkable Sam," as he was known, was actually a German cat named Oscar, who probably originated around 1939. Two years later, a young soldier brought him aboard the battleship Bismarck to keep the ship rodent-free, a job he reportedly excelled at. A few days later, on 27 May, the German battleship was hit by cannon fire from the British Navy and sank. Cat was among only 115 survivors out of 2,200 sailors, H.M.S. was found clinging to a board in open water by the crew. Cossack. He adopted the beautiful black-and-white furball as his look, and Oscar switched sides to join the allies.

hms The Cossacks spent a few months in the Mediterranean but left the Strait of Gibraltar to take a convoy back to the UK, and on October 24, 1941, it was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine. Of the 190 sailors on board, 159 were damaged, which sank three days later, but once again, the cat was found floating on the wreck. At this point, the few surviving Cossack sailors began to call him "Unsinkable Sam.

Fame And Later Life

Sam soon joined H.M.S. But as Chief Mouser found himself a new job. Arch Royal, but on 14 November she was also hit by a torpedo. The aircraft carrier capsized, but fortunately, it took a nearby British ship to rescue the sailors and a very wet and angry feline slowly sank from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Crew and the cat were taken to nearby Gibraltar, where the governor briefly raised Sam, but the British Navy decided to send Sam to the United Kingdom. He was given a special place of honor at the Seamen's House in Belfast, as well as free room and board.

When the Unsinkable Sam and his three brushes of water became known about the death, the cat became quite famous. He has appeared in newspapers around the world, posing for the artists who painted him, and even starred in children's books. Of course, Sam was mostly unaware of his fame, enjoying the quiet life of the Northern Irish countryside after his first years. He lived to the age of 16 and died of natural causes in 1955.

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