For generations the men of Arthur Scammell's family sailed north to fish off the Labrador coast. Scammell grew
up in the town of Change Islands, Newfoundland and his boyhood delight in fishing shines through in this
rollicking ditty. Newfoundianders catch squid by jigging a hook up and down in the water. The fishermen keep
well covered 'with oilskins and boots' because when squid are reeled in they squirt seawater and ink. Scammell wrote this song in 1944 at the age of 15.
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