Oscar the Bismarck's cat. A nice pastell portrait by Mrs. Georgina Shaw-Baker
The story of the Bismarck's cat Oscar is really interesting. This pretty black cat was the mascot of Bismarck, but interestingly Oscar, never bring any 'luck' to the ships which it came aboard. But, itself was so lucky, that survived many times..
After the final battle of Bismarck, the British destroyer Cossack (the destroyer of Vian) found a black, pretty cat among the floating debris of Bismarck. The sailors survived this cat and took on board the Cossack. But it seems as if this pretty cat didn' t bring luck to destroyer. About 5 months later, Cossack was sunk by a German submarine, and Oscar was again among the survivors.
The cat was then brought on board of the famous aircraft carrier Ark Royal which played a very important role in the destruction of Bismarck. But, only 3 weeks later, carrier Ark Royal was sunk too, due to torpedoes of another German submarine in Gibraltar. Oscar survived this ship again. But after this event, the cat was never put on another ship again and began to live in a place called 'The Home for Sailors' in Belfast.
According to the Royal Navy records; "Oscar, the Bismarck's cat, finished his days at the Home for Sailors in Belfast" in 1955. But, in some sailors' belief, he is an extraordinary creature with '9-lifes'. Oscar is another saga among some sailors who certainly believe his mystery.