|The following story was recently sent into the website from a newspaper cutting by Francis.
In July of 1946 the small River Tug GEORGE SALT left the port of Liverpool, England for a momentous journey of some 6,000 miles to her new home port in Brazil.
On board were her small crew of eight men all from the Liverpool area, and this was a voyage that none of the men would forget.
When they speak of the might of the Atlantic Ocean these brave men knew just what that meant.
One of the men had even compared his three and a half years as a prisoner of war in Germany as a holiday camp compared to the thirty day journey over the Atlantic.
This was not just an ex-prisoner of war but an experienced seaman of some 18 years, and he describes the trip as the worst journey at sea he ever undertook.
The mighty Ocean was in a particularly fowl mood the month that they set out first for Las Palmas then down on down to Dakar on the African West Coast before setting out westward for the South Americas.
The only one on board that was not sea sick was the redoubtable Skipper for the Journey, all else was extremely sick for the whole 30 days of the journey.
Across the South Atlantic they went to Pernambuco, down to Rio de Janeiro, before heading to her final destination Rio Grande de Sol, where the old Leith built tug was destined to work on the rivers for another twenty years or so before being deleted from the Lloyds register of shipping.