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Published on Feb 28, 2009
The Prisoners of the Sea
Archival film from BroadbandTV, of Newfoundland fishermen plying the cod-rich, yet dangerous Newfoundland waters. Circa 1930s.
The hardy people on the island of Newfoundland have battled the elements, the ocean and its North Atlantic isolation to make a living, ever since the first European pioneers settled its rocky shores centuries ago.
*Christopher Columbus landed on continental America in 1492 John Cabot landed on the island of Newfoundland in 1497*
Upon his return to England, Cabot reported that the Newfoundland waters were so plentiful with fish that nets were not needed, but could be dipped up merely with baskets.
^ Now that was an abundance of fish.
This well preserved 1930s black and white film of the deep sea cod fishery on the banks off Newfoundland leave nothing to doubt, regarding not only the quantity of fish out there at that time, but also the daily dangers that the fishermen faced to eke out a meager existence.
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