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  • Sealing, i.e. the practice of heading north to the ice in the springtime to kill seals:
    "Greenspond is a pretty place
    And so is Pinchard's Island
    Ma will buy me a new fur coat
    When Da gets home from swilin'."
    (Similar song verse quoted in Briton Cooper Busch, "The War Against the Seals: A History of the North American Seal Fishery")

    December 9, 2007