The Irish and English that settled Newfoundland built stages and flakes for preparing salt cod. The flake is similar to a wharf but mainly provides a platform for drying fish. The stage is a shed, usually at the seaward end of the flake, where the fish is off-loaded cleaned and split. Other buildings in the network of fishery structures include a building for storing gear (usually called the twine loft) and another for salting the fish before its carried onto the flake to sun-dry. All around the small harbours and coves of Newfoundland, these structures are disappearing, but not in Tilting.
Dwyer premises with house, flake, stage and twine loft. (Photo © Dennis Minty)
Cart, Fence and Biscuit Box House (Photo © Dennis Minty)
Where many communities in Newfoundland have scattered houses with historic character, Tilting, with its few hundred residents, has them by the score, all full of character and maintained with pride. There have been many a card game played on the sturdy tables of these kitchens.