Blessing the St Malo fishing fleet: 1932

This archive footage from a Pathe Gazette, 1932 shows the Bishop blessing the fleet as they depart St Malo to fish off Newfoundland.

The opening title reads: “St. Malo – With the Church’s Blessing. 5,000 people at traditional religious ceremony as great Fishing Fleet, with 3,000 fishermen, leave for 8 months fishing off Newfoundland.”

St. Malo, France

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