After three transatlantic voyages on this vessel, he joined a cargo ship The Statesman, an ex-American liberty ship. The accommodation was much better, and the voyage more exotic, visiting 17 ports in South America, the West Indies, that included a visit to Galvaston and up river to Houston, Texas. This was a memorable three-month trip, and in Barbados, like many other places in the West Indies, they still relied on paraffin lamps. Brian remembers not only the romance of it all at nightime, but also a memorable event that happened in one of the many wooden constructed bars. A huge brawl took place between his ships crew and an American one from a Lykes Line ship. “The hell with this” thought young Brian, and ducked under a corner table, where the melee looked for all the world like a scene from a western. It suddenly struck him that the wooden building and the increasingly smashed paraffin lamps, could cause a serious fire…he soon sobered up. Luckily nothing untoward happened, except that the following day most of the crewmembers sported black eyes and the like, as well as rum-induced hangovers.