Klaas Fidom
fine art photographer

B&W Fine art

 Amsterdam

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Dutch steammachine museum

Long ago the soil of this polder consisted of peat moor, but because of drainage the moor disappeared. So presently the ground of the polder is 3.5 meters below sea level. That is why natural drainage was not possible anymore. To prevent the polder from flooding, wind-watermills had to be put to work to keep our feet dry. At the end of the nineteenth century it happened at many occasions that the wind was too weak to move the sails of the 24 windmills. That’s why the steam pumping station was opened in 1869. In 1897 the installation was improved by installing four centrifugal pumps.