Dick Avery was a captain in the Merchant Navy. He'd sailed with some of the best - and worst - ships and crews on the seven seas. He reckoned he'd seen it all.
That was before he took command of Old Rusty, an ancient tub with a crew made up of drunks, brawlers and raw seamen of every nationality.
When Dick left Gibraltar he didn't fancy his chances of ever seeing England again.
Then they ran into a German U-boat, and he wouldn't have swapped that ship or that crew for the best in the Royal Navy!