U-877 Life Raft
Lieutenant Stanislas Déry recovered this life raft after the Canadian corvette HMCS St. Thomas sank the German U-Boat (submarine) U-877 on 27 December 1944.
Operating jointly with the frigate HMCS Sea Cliff, St. Thomas made two attacks that badly damaged U-877, which then surfaced so that its crew could escape using life vests or life rafts like this example. Déry, St. Thomas's second in command, was given responsibility for the German sailors rescued from the water and taken prisoner. Printing and diagrams on the raft include instructions on arm signals for communicating with rescue ships and aircraft.