Canada: THE MARITIMES: Trouble on Quero

All summer, wind-bitten Nova Scotian schoonermen had put into Lunenburg and Halifax with fresh fish and frayed tempers. Now that the war was over, big (500 to 1,200-ton) Portuguese and Spanish trawlers were back in numbers on the Quero (from Banquereau) Bank. Bluenose skippers howled that they were trying to run Canadian schooners (80-90 tonners) off the grounds.

The trawlers, they charged, deliberately dragged their big nets across the buoyed trawls (long lines of baited hooks) set out by the schooner dorymen and ruined thousands of dollars worth of valuable Canadian equipment.

For Nova Scotian seamen this was serious business. The Quero...

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