'The Sinking Ship', caricature af Paul Kruger, South African politician, 1900. Known as Oom (uncle) Paul, Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (1825-1904) was President of the Transvaal or South African Republic from 1883. In the 2nd Boer War (1899-1900), Kruger was too old and unwell to take an active role in the field and he moved to the Netherlands. Cartoon from Punch Cartoon from Punch showing Kruger rowing away from a sinking ship representing the Transvaal. (London, 19 September 1900).