23 mrt Saw
The Sawmill Miracle
Albrecht Pietersz. de Wit, 1594
In the sixteenth century, the Dutch shipbuilding industry was no match for that of larger neighbouring countries. But what the Netherlands lacked in size it made up for in smarts. One of the brightest innovations came from the wife of a mill owner.
Planks were often used to strengthen ships, so the wife enlisted her husband’s help to convert the mill into an efficient wind-powered sawing machine. One of the first mechanical machines in history! This marked the start of the Netherlands’ maritime success. It helped them sail distant seas and keep the country out of the clutches of major powers.