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Sealers on the ice by their ship, n.d.
Sealers on the ice by their ship, n.d.

Once the captain found a herd of seals, he ordered the men off the ship to bring back the pelts. Any time on the ice was dangerous as the men could lose their footing and fall into the water or become lost in sudden storms and fog patches. Despite these dangers, sealers worked on the ice from daybreak until nightfall, returning to the ship every now and then to unload their catch.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 25.01.005), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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