Mustache-tailed mastered dozens of professions - from sailors to scouts. We tell stories about animals that did not disappoint.
Pied piper on a submarine
Claustrophobia is definitely not about Basil. This severe sea cat could not imagine life without a submarine hold and was irreplaceable there. After all, it cost TK-13, to which it was “assigned”, to stand at the pier for half a year or a year, as rats came to the boat, settling in with whole dynasties in the residential and missile compartments.
Vaska was like hot cakes: the sailors even plotted with whom the cat sleeps in the cabin today. Every day at exactly 8 pm, when the watch was being assembled at the central post, Vasily came with another rat, threw it at the duty officer’s seat on the ship, listened to praise and proudly withdrew.
When a cat appeared on the submarine, the sailors do not remember, but now he did not leave the board at all. A couple of times they tried to take him out for a walk, but Vasily ran like a bullet to the manhole hatch and sat there until someone let him down.One time when it was time to go out to sea, the Pied Piper, fearing for his health, was settled in a nearby boat. All this time, Basil almost did not eat and pined. Attempts to bring the cat to the ground in order to stir it up, ended up with Vaska at first running around all the piers, and then sat down on the helipad and began to look into the sea. About his fate after the disposal of the boat (this happened in 2009), unfortunately, nothing is known.
An interesting fact: during the Second World War, cats were taken on board submarines not as a delight to sailors, but as living air quality detectors. It is no secret that cats are supersensitive, so submariners have long used them as irreplaceable crew members who detect leaks and better than any barometer that predicts the weather.
Newfoundland, nicknamed Tang, went down in history as the savior of the 92th crew of the Ethie. It happened in December 1919, when the ship left the port city of Kau-Head of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and headed for Bonnie Bay. A strong storm with a blizzard did not leave the captain any way out except to stranded a ship.To save people, it was necessary for someone to ferry the cable to the shore, while swimming in the icy water a few hundred meters. This was not possible for a man, and then the captain turned his attention to the dog.
Tang, holding a rope in his mouth, was able to swim to the shore, where eyewitnesses of events pulled him to the shore. The sailors, who stretched between the ship and the shore, were able to cross the land, and the dog became the national hero of Canada. Sometimes, however, voices of skeptics are heard that, they say, there was no dog there, and if there was, it was not she who dragged the cable, and if she was dragging, it was not a Newfoundland, but a collie ... By the way, in the city located in the same province St. Johns, on the shores of the bay, are the bronze figures of the Newfoundland and the Labrador - it is not difficult to guess where the names of these two famous breeds came from.
The dogs went to sea in later years. And the ships were not anyhow what, but reconnaissance! The famous character is the dog Gavryusha, a member of the crew of the CER-506 “Nakhodka”, a small reconnaissance ship that raised the naval flag of the USSR on October 11, 1970.
Gavryusha participated in two inter-fleet crossings and three combat services, one of which lasted 186 days.During his time at the CER-506 junction, he “worked” off the US East Coast and in the North-East Atlantic.
Bears on ships
Why are there ... Parrots, rats, fish, cats and dogs - this beast will surprise no one. But bears? Here are the real mascots of the ships of the Navy of the first half of the last century. It is hard to believe, but in those years it was almost a tradition to have a teddy bear on the ship.
In confirmation of this, there is a rare photo depicting a sailor of the Black Sea Fleet guards cruiser Project 815 “Red Caucasus” (until December 14, 1926 - “Admiral Lazarev”) with a ship's pet on the background of a 100-mm two-gun paired sea anti-aircraft installation of the Minizini system.