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De Marmearmin

11-10-10
Drainage windmill "De Marmearmin" (English: The Lake Mermaid) was built in 1968 from parts of other much older demolished mills. Its purpose was to raise the water level of the lake in this small nature reserve. Over the years the mill has fallen into disrepair, not helped by changes in ownership and the area itself which has become overgrown by trees, as well as vandalism. By now it is a rare sight, as it is the only truely ruinous windmill in Friesland as far as I know.


View into the sunlight and under a dark cloud

November always adds a nice dreary atmosphere

Some bushwacking and nettle trampling is necessary to get to the mill

Close up

Gears on the ground floor driving the Achimedes screw

Sailcloth is still here, slightly perished. Not much left of the sails to attach it to anyway.

View through a window. Watch out for rotten floorboards and slippery slime when climbing up.

There is not enough room to make overview pictures in the cap. Plenty of light though, with the roof missing. The rot, fungus and algea is everywhere without protection against Dutch weather.


Brakewheel resting on wallower. This is not good, or so I've learned recently.

Rotten teeth of the wallower
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