During her career as a marine engineer, Victoria Drummond had several difficult situations to deal with, including some narrow escapes from death. The most notable of these was in August 1940, when she was a Second Engineer on the ship, SS Bonita, exporting goods to the USA in return for supplies. 300 miles out to sea, an enemy plane began firing on them. Realising that their only chance of survival was to dodge the bombs, she banished her fellow engineers from the engine room, and managed to keep the engines going, all the while being sprayed by scalding water from a damaged service pipe. On another occasion firing from a plane overhead resulted in the death and wounding of several of her shipmates. On one of her trips the Second Mate fell overboard at night and they only discovered his absence in the morning. Fortunately they were able to turn back and managed to rescue him.