Basque whaleboat sinks in the gulf

by Vi Donche on Oct 12

NEWFOUNDLAND

Reports indicate a Basque whaling ship sailing in the gulf late in the season sank recently. 

The Basques are noted for their extensive whale fisheries at home. They began cod fishing off Newfoundland in the 1520s and by the early 1540s were whaling in the straits between Labrador and Newfoundland. 

They capture whales and process their oil in factories they have established on shore, mainly in the well-sheltered harbour of Red Bay.