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De Grauwe Beer 1

Or the Gray Bear.

 

I visited De Grauwe Beer in the Beesel Gemeente (municipality) a couple of times. Originally built as a sawing mill in the Zandaam area of Holland, it supported the then expanding ship building industry. De Grauwe Beer was the first of a thousand mills of the same concept. It started to loose business with electrification, when a farmer in the Limburg province, Mr. Cuypers, purchased this octagonal mill and had it shipped over and assembled in Beesel. 

De Grauwe Beer 1

Or the Gray Bear.

 

I visited De Grauwe Beer in the Beesel Gemeente (municipality) a couple of times. Originally built as a sawing mill in the Zandaam area of Holland, it supported the then expanding ship building industry. De Grauwe Beer was the first of a thousand mills of the same concept. It started to loose business with electrification, when a farmer in the Limburg province, Mr. Cuypers, purchased this octagonal mill and had it shipped over and assembled in Beesel. 

comments (17)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 18 Jun 2018, 05:53
Magnifique moulin !
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Martine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 18 Jun 2018, 07:14
Thank heaven they weren't all demolished Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I am beginning to explore quite a few of them here, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 18 Jun 2018, 07:18
It is one fine structure, Ayush
Ayush Basu: Pretty impressive, for sure, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Jun 2018, 08:15
Beautifully preserved though.
Ayush Basu: And in working condition too, Chad.
Il est superbe ce moulin, et en plus avec ses voiles ce qui est assez rare finalement...
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: Yes, Pascale, you are right, the mill was in action as it was catching a good amount of wind that day!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 18 Jun 2018, 09:14
very majestic windmill!!! must have been hard to ship it!! lovely picture, Ayush
Ayush Basu: I imagine they dismantled it and rebuilt it piece by piece, Elaine.
Imposing and the concept continues with modern wind generation
Ayush Basu: They (old and new) are a feature of Dutch landscape, Martin.
It really looks strong and stable standing there in its new home, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: You are right about it, Beverley.
Now that's a story...and a good-looking mill, Ayush. One I've not yet seen.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Ginnie - the mill was in action as it was catching a good amount of wind that day!
Wouah ...que c'est beau , j'adore les moulins ...
Merci
Ayush Basu: I love the windmills of the Netherlands too, Claudine. I note you are now in the US.
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 18 Jun 2018, 19:51
Ayush, this is a wonderful windmill. I like the design and I can tell that this is a "working-horse". Thank you for the write-up. I never get tired of these landmarks!!
Ayush Basu: This continues to be a well utilized feature of Beesel and on that day, it had sufficient wind in the sails, Astrid.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 18 Jun 2018, 21:22
such beautiful structures

i like how this is photographed against that lovely sky with the tiny sweep of clouds
Ayush Basu: I am pleased I got those clouds to form that backdrop, Sherri.
It is a very fine windmill Ayush
Ayush Basu: And I am pleased that the mill was in action as it was catching a good amount of wind that day, Bill!
That is a very nice write up for the terrific photo.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Michael.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jun 2018, 01:45
The mill looks fabulous smile
Ayush Basu: I was lucky, the mill was in action as it was catching a good amount of wind that day, CP!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 24 Jun 2018, 03:30
The people you included really give the sense of scale. That's a huge windmill.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jul 2018, 10:19
That is a fine example of a windmill. How lovely that it is preserved.

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