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We leave Germany behind, on to the Netherlands!

Yes, the windmills are still be used

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We left Germany in our wake and arrived at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. This is a charming small town where they still have 19 working windmills…at least one is from 1600’s and still pumping water. Since most of the Netherlands are below sea level, a series of dikes and canals have been built over the centuries to drain the swamps and provide agricultural land. The windmills are a marvel of mechanical engineering. They have the ability to be turned to catch the wind, add cloth to the arms make them more sail-like and provide more speed and when the wind blows too hard they can be braked. They can operate with winds from 4-40 knots. These marvels can pump up to 16000 gallons an hours. All to keep the water from the fields and into the canal and out to sea. The windmill housed the family of the Miller and the Miller could never be more than 50 feet away from the mill. The main components are made of wood with 2 metal shafts and stone bearings. Oak, red oak and lignum vitae are the different woods used.

After our tour and some shopping, we headed back to the ship for our goodbye cocktail party. What a trip it has been and thanks to the timely rain, we made it all the way by the mighty Magni……well most of the way anyway. We should have sailed on the Baldur, but it was stuck in Budapest.

Tomorrow Amsterdam!

Posted by Weimerrv 16:37 Archived in Netherlands Tagged kinderdijk

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