19th-Century Sealing Steamer, pre-1895
The seal fishery helped foster permanent residence on the island of Newfoundland in the early 19th century. Sealing took place in early spring before the fishing fleet arrived, which forced anyone wishing to engage in the hunt to remain on the island during the winter. Sealers initially sailed to ice floes aboard schooners before the introduction of wooden-hulled steamers in the mid-1800s.
From Prowse, D.W., A History of Newfoundland, from the English, Colonial and Foreign Records. (London: Macmillan, 1895) 492.