Over the Waves: Santa Maria Manuela

I am fortunate to know some very creative and amazing people, and sometimes I'm fortunate enough to be asked to participate in their projects! Today at 2:30pm, I'll be joining Lacy O'Connell and Andrew Winter of Winconnell Films at The Rooms to talk about their new short documentary, "Sailor on the Hill".

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In The Harbour: August 22nd-28th

Deanna Dean

She was actually here last week, but i didn't have a chance to wrote about her. This fishing boat is actually from the Bay Verte area, and doesn't make trips into St. John's very often.

Her fishing trips usually have her at sea for four or five days, returning to port to offload their catch of turbot, shrimp or crab, and then heading out again until the season ends. She's 14 years old, but has been so well cared for that you wouldn't know it to look at her.

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Over the Waves: Santa Maria Manuela

Portugal has a very rich fishing history, especially off the shores of Newfoundland. For hundreds of years, Portuguese schooners brought their fishermen to the grounds of the Grand Banks, lowering their small dories into the water. These men would fish all day using hand lines (or later, small trawl nets), returning to their ships at night to offload, salt, prepare, and store their catch. While it seems like it would be a simple life, it was dangerous. You could get trapped between your dory and the hull of your vessel, lost in the fog, or if a storm came up, you could be swept away. Some men just disappeared.

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