In Santander, the raqueros were children who scraped a living from the docks at Puertochico. The term ‘raquero’ is said to come from the English word ‘wreckers’ – as in shipwreckers – those who salvage what’s left from shipwrecks. Initially scavenging and, by some reports, involved in petty crime – the children combed the bay for anything of value. They were paid a tip for fetching items that fell into the water – and in they jumped naked or half-naked. But it was when they dived into the bay – that they made their place in history. They dived into the water – holding their breath until they could retrieve the coin or “perra” with their mouths – that had been thrown in by sailors and passengers of the ships in the port.
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