Death on the Ice

Death on the Ice

The Great Newfoundland Sealing Diaster of 1914

Book - 1988
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Each year, for generations, poor, ill-clad Newfoundland fisherman sailed out 'to the ice' to hunt seals in the hope of a few penniew in wages from the prosperous merchants of St. John's.nbsp;nbsp;The year 1914 witnessed the worst in the long line of tragedies that were part of their harsh way of life.

For two long, freezing days and nights a party of seal hunters--one hundred thirty-two men--were left stranded on an icefield floating in the North Atlantic in winter.nbsp;nbsp;They were thinly dressed, with almost no food, and with no hope of shelter on the ice against the snow or the constant, bitter winds.nbsp;nbsp;To survive they had to keep moving, always moving.nbsp;nbsp;Those who lay down to rest died.

Heroes emerged--one man froze his lips badly, biting off the icicles that were blinding his comrades.nbsp;nbsp;Other men froze in their tracks, or went mad with pain and walked off the edge of the icefield.nbsp;nbsp;All the while, ships steamed about nearby, unnoticing.nbsp;nbsp;And by the time help arrived, two thirds of the men were dead.

This is an incredible story of bungling and greed, of suffering and heroism.nbsp;nbsp;The disaster is carefully traced, step by step.nbsp;nbsp;With the aid of compelling, contemporary photographs the book paints an unforgettable portrait of the bloody trade of seal hunting among the icefields when ships--and men--were expendable.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 1988, c1972
ISBN: 9780385251792
Branch Call Number: 363.3492 BRO
Characteristics: 217 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Horwood, Harold 1923-


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