1914 Newfoundland

Rescuers with dead and injured sealers, 2 April 1914.
Rescuers with dead and injured sealers, April 2, 1914

A good description by Jenny Higgins (2007) of the dangers of seal hunting and the particulars of the 1914 Newfoundland disaster can be found on the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website.

Cassie Brown’s history of the tragedy, Death on the Ice (1972, Doubleday), was a very popular book and inspired several more recent songs. A 1991 National Film Board of Canada documentary was made about the event, I Didn’t Want to Die.

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