Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

George Kennaugh

South African Army. South African

Roster information listed for George Kennaugh

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Nova ScotiaTroop transportPassenger28 Nov 1942U-177 (1)

Personal information

George Kennaugh of Johannesburg reported in "The Sunday Times": There were hundreds of men around me in the water, swimming and clinging to bits of wreckage and rafts. Another South African swam over and clung to the oar. He was wearing a life-jacket. The two of us drifted on a strong current until next morning. Other survivors were visible around on rafts, gratings, etc. When it became light, my companion said he was going to let go and refused to listen when I told him not to give up. So I asked him to leave me his life-jacket. As he was loosening it, he suddenly screamed and the upper part of his body rose out of the water. He fell back, and I saw the water had become red with blood and that his foot had been bitten off. At this moment I saw the form of a shark swimming excitedly around and I paddled away as fast as I could. Then a number of sharks swarmed around me. I estimated their lengths at between six and seven feet. Every now and then one would come straight for me. I splashed hard and this seemed to drive them away.


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