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The Sailor who Refused to go to Sea

by Market Harborough Royal British Legion

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Market Harborough Royal British Legion
People in story: 
Able Seaman Nuisance
Location of story: 
Cape Town
Background to story: 
Royal Navy
Article ID: 
A8747238
Contributed on: 
22 January 2006

This story is submitted to the People’s War site by a member of Market Harborough Branch, Royal British Legion on behalf of Bill Cotton and has been added to the site with his permission. Mr Cotton fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

The Sailor who Refused to go to Sea

Bill Cotton remembers

In 1940/41 there was a sailor who flatly refused to go to sea. All efforts to lure him to sail with a ship were in vain. His name was Able Seaman Nuisance a Great Dane (dog type). He would travel between Cape Town and Simonstown by train several times a day greeting all sailors on the train. He was not interested in anybody else, just sailors. At night he would "kip" in his own bed in the Sailors Rest in Capetown. The Navy paid for his keep as he had been enlisted in the RN.

Anyone who had called at Capetown at this time of the War will remember Nuisance for the great friend and protector of Navy men that he was.

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