The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen sent Grenfell to Newfoundland in 1892 to improve the plight of coastal inhabitants and fishermen. That mission began in earnest in 1893 when he recruited two nurses and two doctors for hospitals at Indian Harbour, Newfoundland and later opened cottage hospitals along the coast of Labrador.
The mission expanded greatly from its initial mandate to one of developing schools, an orphanage, cooperatives, industrial work projects, and social work. Although originally founded to serve the local area, the mission developed to include the aboriginal peoples and settlers along the coasts of Labrador and the eastern side of the Great Northern Peninsula of northern Newfoundland.
For his years of service on behalf of the people of these communities he was later knighted by the King in 1927.
Redcliffe College has very helpfully provided me with copies of several of his books. In this one he recounts one of his adventures off the Labrador Coast. This title is in the Public Domain.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell [1865-1940], Adrift on an Ice-Pan. London: Jarrolds Publishers, 1910. Hbk. pp.92. [Click to download complete book in PDF]
Adrift on an Ice-Pan