Injured sealer, 4 April 1914
Medical personnel help a survivor of the 1914 Newfoundland sealing disaster off a rescue vessel docked at St. John’s. Between 31 March and 2 April, 132 sealers with the SS Newfoundland spent 53 consecutive hours stranded on the North Atlantic ice floes in blizzard conditions. More than two-thirds of the men died before rescuers could find them, and many of the survivors lost one or more limbs to frostbite.
Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 115 16.04.047), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.