Able Seaman Just Nuisance: A unique character.

This week’s photo challenge posed by Michelle W from the WordPress team, “Unique” is sure to raise some interesting subjects.

Simon’s Town has a naval tradition which stretches back to 1795 and to the first British occupation of the Cape.   A visit to the Naval Museum or the local history Museum showcases the area’s rich historic record.   The air of tradition still lingers through the old colonial buildings and the dockyard base and in the village square is a bronze statue of a much loved and rather unique member of the Royal Navy.   Attaining the rank of  Able Seaman, “Just Nuisance”served his time in the early 1930’s.  He was signed on with full rations, issued with a seaman’s cap and identifying dog tags.  His trade was noted down as “Bonecrusher” and his signature was  recorded with a paw print.   Today his memory is commemorated by a yearly  “Great Dane” parade around the square, and he is fondly remembered as a vital part of  folklore history as being the only dog to have served in the Royal Navy.

Bronze statue by famous sculptor Jean Doyle
Bronze statue by famous sculptor Jean Doyle
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