Die letzte Schiffmühle

    Full details

    English titleThe Last Floating Mill
    Authors & editors

    Winkler, Willy [Author]

    Publisher Landschaftsmuseum der Dübener Heide
    Year of publication 1979

    German (main text)

    Medium Book

    Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > Germany, Austria & Switzerland
    Energy & power > Watermills > Boat mills

    Scope & contentSummary Translation

    The text describes double-hull floating mills, starting with the general principles and going on to the history of such mills in general. They started to disappear in the 19th century, although in the Danube area many remained until the second half of the 20th century.
    The Elbe had a great many floating mills before it became an important waterway for shipping. The text describes some of these in detail. The final part of the book describes the mills on the river Mulde (in the former GDR), including the Bergschiffmühle, originally built in connection with an alum mine, which, it was realised in 1952, was the last floating mill in Germany still in working order.

    Initial attempts to restore it were unsuccessful; the text describes the problems and how they were overcome. The book contains a few small black-and-white photos showing the exterior and the wheel, mainly of the Bergschiffmühle, and a plan taken from a 1735 book about mill construction.

    Copies held

    Accession no. 229724

    • Shelf location: F426
    • Donor: Ken Major Collection