Spirit of Just Nuisance”
ABLE SEAMAN “JUST NUISANCE” : 1937-2007
SUNDAY 1ST APRIL
The legendary Great Dane, known
to thousands of Royal Naval Sailors and residents of Cape Town as “JUST NUISANCE” was enlisted into
the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman in 1939. He was issued with his own Sailor’s
cap and a special collar (on display in the Museum) was made for him in
the Royal Navy Dockyard.
He was billeted at HMS AFRIKANDER (now the Cape Times Fresh Air Camp at
Froggy Pond) where he had his own bunk and a sailor was detailed to take
charge of him ensuring that he was fed, bathed and brushed. He also had
a bed at the Union Jack Club in Cape Town.
From the time he joined the
Royal Navy, Just Nuisance’s love for
sailors – he had no time for officers or women – as well as
his numerous and varied activities began to make news wherever he went.
He became a celebrity almost overnight. One activity, for which he was
really well known, was following the sailors on the train to Cape Town
where he frequented various clubs, pubs, dances, concerts, etc., until
it was time for the last train to depart for Simon’s Town from Cape
Town station. He would round up all the sailors, some of whom were by that
time rather “tired”, and ensure that they safely boarded the
train. An hour later, as the train pulled into Simon’s Town station
Nuisance would leap up from his comfortable seat and make sure that every
sailor disembarked and in some instances even escorted them back to their
He was born on the 1st April
1937 and died in the Royal Naval Hospital in Simon’s Town on the 1st April 1944. He was buried with full military
honours at the Signal School on Red Hill, Simon’s Town. His grave
is tended by the HMS Ganges Association and is open to the public.
Simon’s Town Museum has a display depicting his life and activities
and regular Just Nuisance slide shows are presented to adults, particularly
British tourists many of whom remember him from when their ships visited
Simon’s Town during WWII, and also to children.
In 1994 Simon’s Town Museum
held the first JUST NUISANCE DAY to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of
the death of this almost human canine. The commemoration day is held
every year since, to celebrate Just Nuisance.