“We Will Always Have Our Sealers”


"We will always have our sealers While there's a ship to sail, While sturdy crews have fish and brewis, While there is rain and hail." The poet admits that there are many changes, but affirms that there will always be a need for the seal hunt


This reportedly was written as Kelland watched the sealing fleet set out in 1945. An old sealer commented that the few ships sailing would be the last (apparently meaning that they would not be replaced when they broke down). Kelland wrote this piece as a counter-argument.

Obviously the truth was somewhere in between. Seal-hunting continued, and continues, but between the over-harvesting that has destroyed the herds, and the general changes in the economy, and environmental protests, it seems likely that the seals of Canada will soon be safe -- such of them as remain. - RBW


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 155, "We Will Always Have Our Sealers" (1 text)
  2. BI, RySm155


Author: Otto Kelland
Earliest date: 1945 (Kelland, Anchor Watch: Newfoundland Stories in Verse)
Keywords: hunting technology