from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or industry of taking seals; also, the place where seals are taken; a sealery.
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"Yes, I grant that," replied the other; "but, if we land there and manage to hold out till September or October, only three months at the outside, a lot of whaling craft generally put into Kerguelen for the seal-fishery about that time, and I daresay we could get one of these to take us to the Cape."
Like almost all the southern islets, this group has been in its time the scene of a wonderfully productive seal-fishery.
The master stated in reply that he was under the orders of the captain of an American ship, the _General Knox_, engaged in the seal-fishery at West Island, to the west of the Falklands.
Grummidge's net was undoubtedly the beginning, the tiny rill, of the Newfoundland seal-fishery, and even the bludgeoning was initiated by one of his party.
Cyclops -- the grand cod-fishing industry, which has enriched the world, and found employment for thousands of men for centuries, had its commencement in the crew of the _Water Wagtail_! we shall now show that another great industry, namely, the Newfoundland seal-fishery, had its origin in the same insignificant source.
It must be remembered that the failure of their seal-fishery always involves a double calamity, for it not only deprives them of food, but of fuel for their lamps.