We were lucky enough to win the services of Sue Saville, ITN presenter and correspondent, to present our ‘Abandon Ship!’ film for HQS Wellington. We needed to convey as much as we could of the real experience of men cast out on the open sea after being torpedoed, mined or sunk by gunfire. We particularly wanted to show the kind of boat sailors would end up in if they survived an attack. Which is why Sue is reporting to camera from a vintage whaler owned by 14th Richmond Sea Scouts, who kindly allowed us to use their whaler Viking near their base on the Thames. On the day, 14th Richmond’s Trevor Hall made sure we got all the shots we needed (and didn’t fall in..!) And that lifejacket may not be a fashion hit, but it is the real thing!