This is the last will and testament of Emma Porter of Change Islands in the Northern District of Change Islands in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland Widow and relic of the late George Porter of Change Islands aforesaid planter deceased. I give and devise to my son George Porter his heirs and assigns all my right title and interest in a certain fishing room and premises situate at Change Islands aforesaid consisting in a dwelling house, outhouses, stage, flakes, gardens and lands now in the joint occupancy of myself and my said son George Porter together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging. - The Last Will and Testament of Emma Porter 1865
This abandoned and ruined fishing room and premises could well have belonged to George Porter. This cultural icon is fast disappearing from the Newfoundland landscape but the people of Change Islands are now making an effort to maintain and restore the remains of their fishing heritage.
George Alkalay is the current owner of the Watton Stage that was a Cod Liver Oil Store moved from the North Harbour to it's current location along the North Tickle. It has been beautifully restored.
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