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There's a noble fleet of sealers Being fitted for the "Ice" They'll take a chance again this year Tho' fat's gone down in price. And the owners will supply them As in the days of old For in Newfoundland the Sealing Voyage Means something more than gold. For the is drifting "suddard" It's getting near the Funks And men will leave their feather beds To sleep in wooden bunks. Tho' times are getting hard again Our men have not gone soft, They'll haul their tows o'er icy floes Or briskly go aloft. The Algerine is first to sail She's steaming out the Harbor With eager sealers on her deck And on the bridge-Wilf Barbour The "Viking" blood runs in his veins As in the days of yore When the Barbours fought the seal and whale And fish the Labrador. The "Terra Nova's next to sail In charge of Charley Kean In the history of our fisheries That's a grand and worthy name His crew of bully, northern men Can handle gaff or gun To get their share, they'll risk and dare And think it all great fun. The Arctic Sealer's late to sail Her crew worked with a will Led by that modern Jowler The sealer's friend-Sid Hill Tho' the last to leave the Harbour He was first to strike the patches And on march the twenty-ninth Bore in log-loaded to the hatches. There's one sailed from Catalina Her owner is Commander She's the staunch and sturdy, local built The good ship "Newfoundlander" When the white coats bawl, he'll risk his all Despite hard luck before For there's ne'er a man in Newfoundland The likes of John Blackmore. And now they're back in old St. John's A-sharing out the flippers Let's wish good luck to sealers all Likewise their gallant skippers, Tho' Newfoundland is changing fast Some things we must not lose May we always have our Flipper Pie And codfish for our brewis.
Contributed by Donna Randell
Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)
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