Mini-Prints and Swiles

Today, I am packaging Mini-Prints and listening to a book which seems to have two titles. The book was always known to me as The Greatest Hunt in the World, but this audio version is called Vikings of the Ice.

The book, a description of the seal hunt aboard the Terra Nova in 1922, is an education in the lives of Newfoundlanders at that time. It really points out how much poverty and lack of education existed here in my hometown, where the sealing history is significant. And more importantly, how far we’ve come since then. Almost a century later, most of my friends have university degrees and live a life of luxury (comparatively) with excellent health care and workplace safety. Even in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, our inconveniences are incomparable to the every day lives of our ancestors. The good old days? They are the present time for sure.

S.S. “Terra Nova” was built in Dundee in 1884, O.N. 89090, 744 gross tons, 3 masts, bought by Bowring Brothers in 1898 and then registered at St. John’s, Newfoundland. She was a famous sealing vessel, over the years bringing in more than 800,000 pelts. She was involved in a rescue mission for the “Discovery” with the first Scot Polar expedition to the Antarctic and came back to Newfoundland in 1906 and went back to the seal hunt. The “Terra Nova” sank near Greenland in September of 1943. ~


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