Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Case Study - Tilting Fish Stages - Amphibious structures

From wherever they caught their fish, Tilting men brought it home to their fishing stages. James Candow aptly describes fishing stages as amphibious structures "which served as a bridge between land and sea." He notes their obscure ancestry and their architectural form, characterizing them as enclosed wharves, or hybrids of wharves and ships, similar in structure to the "North American Iroquoian longhouse and the Beothuk smoking or drying house for fish and game." (Quote from: Tilting, House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and other tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village; by Robert Mellin; p.162; Image found on p.29)

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