A story telling masterpiece, Left to Die is Gary Collins’s most ambitious and creative work to
date. With new photos and new research revealed, he recalls with stunning
clarity what history remembers about the SS
Newfoundland sealing disaster of March 1914.
The historic convergence of ice, seals, and men in late
March 1914 marked the end of Newfoundland’s innocence. Men both young and old
left their homes from all over the province that year to pursue the annual seal
hunt. Among the vessels that took them to the ice was the Newfoundland, a
wooden-walled steamship captained by the famous Captain Westbury Kean. With no
wireless aboard the ship, the stage was set for seventy-eight of the men who
went over the side and their fates sealed.