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On the 5th February, 1963, the SAS President Kruger, under the command of Captain M.R. Terry-Lloyd, was engaged in her working up, or training period while based at the Portsmouth Naval Base.


The SAS President Kruger went to the assistance of a disabled Norwegian freighter, SS Johan Collett. The ship’s captain refused the offer of a tow, preferring to wait for a tugboat already en route. The frigate stood by and illuminated the freighter with her searchlight as the crew was taken off by the Saint Peter Port lifeboat of the RNLI.


In this painting by maritime artist David Cobb, the frigate’s searchlight illuminates the St Peter Port lifeboat which rescued the freighter’s crew. The original of the painting was lost with the President Kruger in 1982.

Image by: Artist David Cobb, Sunday Times