Transport: Off Ilheos

She was blowing a gale last week off Brazil's coast. Rain speared down in steel-grey phalanxes. Big, angry combers blew their tops. Battling pluckily through the maelstrom panted the little (248-ton, 36-meter) coastal steamer Itacare. She was out of Sao Salvador on her regular haul to Ilhéos, Bahia. She carried 47 passengers, a crew of 19, was heavily cargoed. Skilfully had young, but seasoned Captain Carlos Oliveira skippered her to within hailing distance of Ilhéos. Another 300 yards would find her in safe harbor.

On the wharf friends and kin of the Itacare's passengers braved the ugly weather to greet them. They...

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