“The Sealer's Strike of 1902 (The Sealers Gained the Strike)”


"Attention, all ye fishermen, and read this ballad down, And hear about the sealer's strike the other day in town." The sealers, led by "brave Colloway," unite and present their demands. A. B. Morine secures their demands


Although all sources for this are printed and literary, the divergences between the two texts in Ryan and Small may imply oral transmission. Murphy seemingly was unaware of the attribution to Burke. - RBW

Historical references

  • Mar 8, 1902 - Beginning of the Sealer's Strike
  • Mar 12, 1902 - Sealers' demands granted


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 64, "The Sealer's Strike of 1902"; p. 63, "The Sealers Gained the Strike" (2 texts); also p. 66, "The Luck Went With the Sealers Since Brave Colloway Led the Strike" (1 text, a sequel to the above)
  2. BI, RySm064


Author: probably Johnny Burke
Earliest date: 1925 (Murphy, Songs Sung by the Old Time Sealers of Many Years Ago)