Parks Canada

Parks Canada

June 05, 2006 08:00 ET

REMINDER/Parks Canada/Media Advisory: Basque Sailors to Retrace the Whale-Hunting Route of their Ancestors, More than 400 Years Later!

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) - Seven sailors will undertake a 3 500-km voyage on the St. Lawrence from Quebec to Red Bay, Labrador in a chalupa, a true-to-life replica of a 16th-century whaling boat propelled by oars and sail. The crew consists of six Basques from northern Spain and one Mi'kmaq from Newfoundland. They will be accompanied by a Zodiac with three people aboard, including a filmmaker and a photographer. The crew will set sail from Quebec and will stop at the same main ports as the Basque whale hunters of the past. Their journey will come to an end in mid-July at the Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada.

The leader of the expedition, Xabier Agote, will be present at the event, along with the rest of the crew. Also in attendance will be Robert Grenier, the internationally renowned underwater archaeologist who produced the drawings of the chalupa.

Date: Monday, June 5

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Quebec Yacht Club
Des Capitaines Room
1061 Champlain Blvd.
Quebec, Quebec

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Lise Rochette, Communications Advisor
    (418) 648-4539