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Death on the Ice : The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914
by Cassie Brown and Harold Horwood


Overview - Each year, for generations, poor, ill-clad Newfoundland fishermen sailed out "to the ice" to hunt seals in the hope of a few pennies in wages from the prosperous merchants of St. John's. The year 1914 witnessed the worst in the long line of tragedies that were part of their harsh way of life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Each year, for generations, poor, ill-clad Newfoundland fishermen sailed out "to the ice" to hunt seals in the hope of a few pennies in wages from the prosperous merchants of St. John's. The year 1914 witnessed the worst in the long line of tragedies that were part of their harsh way of life.
For two long days and nights a party of seal hunters--132 men--were left stranded on an icefield floating in the North Atlantic in winter. They were thinly dressed, with almost no food, and with no hope of shelter against the snow or the constant, bitter winds. To survive they had to keep moving, always moving. Those who lay down to rest died.
This is an incredible story of bungling and greed, of suffering and heroism. 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385685061
  • ISBN-10: 0385685068
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds


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