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What's a boat mill?

Crider's picture

What's a boat mill?

I ran across an interesting new article about boat mills — floating mills tied to the shore to keep them from floating away. 

Boat mills: water powered, floating factories

on Low Tech Magazine. Below is a photo from a Chinese floating grain mill on the Hwei River:

dabrownman's picture

make a mess.  You would think that they would have the paddles in the water and the mill safely in shore,  Guess boats are cheaper than mills that need foundations and the boat can move around with the rising and falling of the changing currents to keep the mill powered efficiently.

A great article.  Now i want one!

Wild-Yeast's picture

Robert Fulton's Cleremont simply replaced the mill stone with a steam engine. Clever leap of invention though...,