De Katwouder Molen

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Achterdichting 1a , Volendam, Netherlands
De Katwouder Molen - De Kathammer or De Katwouder Molen
De Katwouder Molen - De Kathammer or De Katwouder Molen
De Katwouder Molen - Mill machinery
De Katwouder Molen - Mill machinery
De Katwouder Molen - The mill operator explains its construction

De Katwouder Molen Volendam Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Visiting a Dutch Windmill Sep 28, 2014
A highlight of our visit to Volendam was seeing the operation of a Dutch windmill. Windmills of this type are not true mills. They are pumping stations keeping the reclaimed below-sea-level polders drained. (In a way, a giant sump pump.)

The Katwouder Mill, also known as De Kathammer, dates to 1650 and the initial draining of the Katwoude polder in Waterland. It was restored in 1895 after damage by lightening. Another restoration took place in 1987 when auxiliary electric pumps were added.

The mill operator gave a tour of the mill and described its construction and operation. He was proud that the mill continues to rely on wind power to operate the pump. The mill is constructed out of traditional thatch with wooden gears and shafts. (The rotary motion produced is very similar to a grain grinding mill.) He explained the effort needed to properly set the "sails" on the blades, depending on wind direction and velocity. (Similar to rigging a sailing ship.) Visitors can also climb a steep ladder up into the top of the mill to view the connection to the blades.The mill is certainly photogenic and I was glad that something so traditional remains so practical.

Admission is 2.50 Euro.
De Kathammer or De Katwouder Molen
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Yesterday still works today....that is progress...
Posted on: Oct 28, 2014
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