In 1939 and during WW2, when Sir Winston Churchill was the First Lord of the Admiralty he wrote about the Newfoundland fishermen stating that, “...these men are hardiest and most skillfull boatmen in rough seas that exist.” Churchill gained that opinion of the Newfoundland seamen during WW1 when he was also served as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911-1915.

The Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Roger Keyes, spoke in the British Parliament about the Newfoundland fishermen sailors: “They are splendid hearty people, the finest small-ship seamen in the world. They did splendid service in the War.”

The 1st Earl David Beatty, Admiral of the Fleet,  refers to the Newfoundlanders as “The best small boatmen in the Grand Fleet.”