National Geographic : 1960 Nov
Sickle-swinging farmers harvest barley from a slope near Mafra. Setting sun still is. I reflected that if such a leader as the noble Prince were to live again and had need of such men, why, here they still are, as they have been down the centuries. Sea bravery is a living thing to the Portuguese mariners. I had seen this, too, in my six-month voyage with the Portuguese dorymen working from their schooners on the Grand Banks of New foundland and off Greenland.* That is a very brave business, of man pitting himself day after day, week after week, month after 648 month, alone in puny craft, against the might of the ocean -against fog, gale, blizzard, and the ever-present risk of being run down. The Portuguese are the last Grand Banks deep-sea dorymen, as they were the first. They operate the last big schooners on the Banks, as they operated the first, with the same quiet courage and unapplauded heroism that their ancestors showed in so great an *See "I Sailed with Portugal's Captains Courageous," by Alan Villiers, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, May, 1952.