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Santa Maria Manuela

Santa Maria Manuela

The Portuguese four masts cod fishing steel auxiliary schooner SANTA MARIA MANUELA, 62,8m/666gt; 01/06/1937 completed into 60 days by CUF Shipyard. Lisbon, for Empresa de Pesca de Viana, Viana do Castelo, and making part of the worldly known “Portuguese White Fleet” fishing in the Grand Banks; 1962

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Olá Frank P and Kgvm
The ships before setting sails from Lisbon in May for the Grand Banks and Greenland were laden with salt, which during five or six months would preserve the codfish caught by the one fisherman dories, after open, disemboweled, washed and stowed into the hatchways.
After the unloading in their home ports the codfish was put drying by sun, in the shipowners private spaces, and during the remaining months of the year the ships were receiving the necessary repairs and paintings for the next fishing season.
This kind of fishing by one fisherman dory ended late 60’s and one of the last vessels involved was the SANTA MARIA MANUELA.
Please visit the following Video which shows the cod fishing activity by the Portuguese as from 1500, when its navigators discovered the New Foundland, Labrador and Davis
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