Well, Spencer Tracy played in both "Captains Courageous" and Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." This is decidedly closer to the first one.
Regarding Hollywood actors and fishing: it is said that Sterling Hayden (I know him as the mad commander in "Dr. Strangelove", started out as a fisherman on Banks Schooners, and arranged for some old buddies to show their stuff in "Captains Courageous," which has some marvellous sailing action. Regards, Stein.
Didnt the Portugese continue this mode of dory fishing on the Banks till well into the 50's? Remember frequently seeing the mother ships with dory's piled high on deck, heading out into the Atlantic when passing down the coast of Portugal.
Perhaps one of our Portugese members can fill in the details for us.
For just how long the Potuguese kept on I don't know, but into the fifties for certain. I've got a book by Alan Villiers named "Quest of the Schooner Argus" published in 1951 about a trip he made to the Banks on a Portuguese schooner in 1950, hand-lining from dories. As he tells it, there were then 32 sailing vessels in the fleet, two without auxilliary power, including 14 4-m schooners and one barquentine. (Good book btw, well illustrated.) Regards, Stein.