National Geographic : 1941 Jul
George Whiteley, Jr. Stout Newfoundland Sealing Ships Head North Before Winter Ice Is Out ofSt. John's Harbour The Neptune, left, stands for the Narrows while the Thetis prepares to follow on the annual seal hunt earlyinMarch. Seals arehunted primarily fortheir fat, which is used in soap making. Today's sealers are mostly old wooden craft, built of teak and greenheart, a hard West Indian wood. They carry many small boats for rescuing their crews of 150 to 175 in case of need, and for hunting adult seals among loose ice cakes.