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chained_bear commented on the word in the fat
Of sealing, said when one's ship and crew are in the midst of the main herd of seals. "Burned down in the fat" was said of the old steamships when a ship was "parked" in the main herd.
"Father gave me a sign this evening that there's plenty of swiles over there just as I said."
"Yah! Looks like they're burned down in the fat, Cap'n."
--Cassie Brown with Harold Horwood, Death on the Ice: The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, Doubleday Canada, 1972.
December 10, 2007
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