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Cats in 20th Century History-Cats in War- Unsinkable Sam Unsinkable Sam Georgina Shaw-Baker UK National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, cats in war


On May 27, 1941, the Bismarck was spotted by a pair of British destroyers and sunk. In total, 2,200 German soldiers were on the ship when it went down and 115 people (1 cat) survived. The surviving cat was a black and white patched cat named Unsinkable Sam (Oscar), who was discovered floating on a board by British troops. He was the only survivor found by the British destroyer HMS Cossack.


A cat survived the sinking of three separate ships in World War Two, earning the moniker 'Unsinkable Sam.' - Animals - Aug 10, 2012 - Interesting Facts and Fun Facts - OMG Facts