Upon being discharged from the US naval reserve, William Colepaugh defected to Nazi Germany in 1944. Trained as a spy, he was landed ashore at Gulf of Maine by an U boat. He voluntarily surrendered after partying with the money meant for espionage activities.
Sailors aboard submarines work 6 hour shifts so that it is easier for them to give their undivided attention to the equipment they operate during a shorter shift. The military also switched submarines from an 18-hour work day to a traditional 24-hour one, improving morale significantly.
A Swedish sailor shipwrecked on an island inhabited by cannibals. He was captured and taken to a local king, whose daughter fell in love with him. He married, had nine children with her, and became the king after his father-in-law.
In 2011, Laura Dekker, the Dutch girl, became the youngest person to sail around the world solo. She did it in a year and celebrated her 16th birthday on the trip.
When a British captive officer challenged french Navy officer Surcouf with the words “You French fight for money while we fight for honor”, Surcouf replied “Each of us fights for what he lacks most”.
In 1904 a Swedish sailor shipwrecked on an island in Papua New Guinea inhabited by cannibalistic tribals. He was carried to their king, who’s daughter fell in love with him. He married the king’s daughter and after his death, became king of the Island.
Laura Dekker circumnavigated the world single-handedly… when she was 14 years old.
The longest anyone has ever survived in a shipwrecked raft was 133 days by a Chinese man named Poon Lim. He survived the ordeal by fishing, drinking bird blood, and killing a shark with a jug of water. He died exactly 23 years ago at the age of 72.