Poon Lim's 133 Day South Atlantic Odyssey

Poon Lim and his raft, photo made on request of the US Navy for its Survival Training.
Poon Lim and his raft, photo made on request of the US Navy for its Survival Training.

Historical Context

Chinese sailor Poon was working as a steward aboard the British ship the SS Ben Lomond when it was sunk with the loss of all lives except his own. After a few hours in the water he found an 8 foot raft with some food and a flashlight which initially kept him alive.

Although aircraft and ships did spot Poon Lim, he was wasn't picked up and survived his ordeal was catching fish and even sharks before drifting to the coast of Brazil where he was saved by fishermen.

Photo Info


Photographer: U.S Navy
Location taken: Belém, Pará, Brazil

Source: The Vintage News

Related Events

  • 1942-11-23 Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days adrift after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat and he is the sole survivor
  • 1943-04-05 Chinese steward Poon Lim is found off the coast of Brazil by a Brazilian fisherman family after being adrift 133 days, after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat

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