Tens of thousands of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and New
England fisherman have perished over the centuries while attempting to make a
living on North Atlantic waters. Tragedy struck particularly hard during the
August gales of 1926 and 1927, when six vessels of the Luneburg fleet went down
with all hands off Sable Island, and forty more fishermen were lost along the
south coast of Newfoundland.
This book sets the marine disasters in the context of the
banks fisheries pursued by the three countries, a sort of piscatorial North