The North sea. Every year while we lived in Holland, we witness the raw power of this temptuous sea. She is tough and harsh especially during the winter. Low lying Holland thus face her mighty blows all the time.
An epic struggle has stretched out for more than a millenia, as the Dutch people sought ways to temper the mighty sea. We recalled stories told to us by our friends about the winter of 1953. While it was not just Holland that suffered in the hands of that great flood, it bored the brunt of the brute force that nature is capable of wielding.
How has the Dutch responded?
Why they built windmills of course! And many of them. The structures weren’t all large ones you see today and came in a mix of size. But their primary role was to pump water and drain the land. Successful they have been and today they are supplanted by modern pumps. To see these venerable old ladies at work, one could venture to Kinderdijk where they were used right up to the middle of the 20th century.
It’s a marvel of engineering feat of the Dutch. If you do have the opportunity, make sure you be there!