By Robert Parsons
The Grand Banks of Newfoundland were once the most prolific fishing grounds in the world. Ships and men from many countries harvested its bounty, but none were more courageous or industrious than Newfoundland’s own fishermen. Although the fishing grounds were generous, the sea itself was, and is, unforgiving. Many ships and crew failed to return after a season’s fishing, and only brief newspaper articles remain to report their fate.
In the late 1980s, Robert Parsons began researching these stories, fleshing out the brief newspaper accounts with personal memories garnered from the few remaining fishermen who had fished the Grand Banks in open dories.
Originally published in 1991 and 1992 in two volumes, Lost at Sea is being brought back due to popular demand, and has been compiled into one volume. This new release contains the complete text, photographs, and illustrations contained in the original two books. The stories cover the roughly one hundred year period from the late 1860s to the early 1970s, and tell of shipwrecks and marine disasters involving the ships and crews from Newfoundland’s South Coast fishing communities.