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A pan of seals under the Florizel flag
A pan of seals under the flag of the S.S. Florizel, post-1908.

Panning was a process whereby sealers dropped their pelts off at a designated ice pan (instead of the vessel) before returning to the hunt. At the end of each day, the steamer picked up its crew and visited each ice pan to retrieve the pelts.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 25.01.008), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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