Basque Ships and Men

By David Cobb, published August 1978

Abstract

Invited by Basque patriots to help compile their archives of the Spanish Civil War, following Franco’s death, the author found a fiercely proud, brave and patriotic people who in the past preferred to die in battle rather than surrender. Defined as “free, noble and equal”, Basques have proved to be industrious, inventive and strongly cohesive. Their fishing craft ranged as far as the Grand Banks and they are credited with being the pioneers of deep sea whaling. They ably assisted the British WW1 effort. In modern times their enthusiasm for the sea continues with match pulling double ended shells, in open water and an immaculately maintained, mainly wooden, fishing fleet.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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