History: Oil-mill “De Zoeker”...
Oil-mill “De Zoeker” (The Seeker)
The history of “De Zoeker” goes back to April 1676 when this windmill was given its milling permit. After the rise of steam-powered factories, the oil mill, built in Zaandijk, eventually fell into disuse. In 1891 the mill’s looks further deteriorated when its interior machinery was removed and it was set up as a dye mill. In February 1925 the windmill was severely damaged by a particularly violent gust of wind. Thanks to the effort of volunteers, it could be restored. In 1940 “De Zoeker” was closed down and in 1950 it was taken over by the town council of Zaandijk. On the 1st August 1968 the mill was moved from Guisveld in Zaandijk to its present location on the Zaanseschans. During this spectacular journey, a large crane lifted the body of the mill over the railway-wires. The windmill had to be removed from its old location because of urban development plans. After the move, “De Zoeker” was handed over to the windmill society “De Zaansche Molen”. (Text by them)
Please checkout my travelogues where you will find pictures from both the outside and the inside of this windmill.
It is currently being used as a production mill, still for producing oil, oil from peanuts of from 'lijnzaad'.
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The mill is a production mill, millstones weighing 2500 kilos will go round and round and round. See my travelogue for more details.
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I was here for the wedding, a very pleasant day, many people having a great day with many flags, orange T-Shirts and waving and singing and have some beers.. Though it was not easy to find my way in Amsterdam with all the police dressed in blue, he he, I will show you the best pictures as soon as I land in the Netherlands again!
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When you visit the Zaanseschans, would it be a good idea to have a tour on the Boat for 45 minutes and see the lovely green houses from the riverside. The boattour goes as far as Wormerveer and is also in English!
"11 De Kat"
"12 De Kat"
"13 De Kat"
"18 De Gekroonde Poelenburg"
"19 Windmill Het Leven next to Juliana Bridge"
"20 Windmill Het Leven and Duyvis"
"3 Be careful"
"21 Windmill Het Leven and Duyvis"
"22 Windmill De Dood"
"23 Windmill De Dood"
"24 Old Dutch Ships"
"25 White Bridge"
"27 Zaanstad Area"
"28 This man is bussy :)"
"29 Old ship in new paint"
"30-Old and new buildings"
"4 Water Levels"
"31- View from River Zaan"
"32 - Some houses along the Zaan"
"33 - Houses along the Zaan"
"34 - Ships passing by on the River Zaan"
"35 - Beauty of Mills Zaanseschans"
On an evening strawl you will enjoy the beauty here!
"36 - Bridge with door"
Small Green Bridge, Zaanseschans, Often seen as entrance to the house behind the bridge, the door can be closed and locked :)
"5 De Zoeker"
"6 De Zoeker"
"7 Oil Mill De Kat"
"8 De Kat"
"9 De Kat"
"10 De Kat"
Shoes in my childhood were made from wood, here you see some examples, it is rather warm, your feet are protected and you always have some red spot on top of your feet for the rest of your life :) Well, I am over it and whenever I go for working in the garden, I will find them and wear them as it is a pleasure this woodenshoe :)
"Old Teahouse, nowadays a store and workshop"
"The windmill the Huisman from the river"
"Huisman, Mustard Mill"
"Dinner at the riverside at the terrace from Sans P"
"Sans pareil ****"
"Nice view on Windmill The Death"
"River Zaan in the evening"
"River Zaan, calm and peaceful"
"River at the Zaanseschans"
"Huisman, Mustard Mill"
Also the landingstrip from the river-sightseeingboat
Colorfull painted and carved for special occasions like a wedding!
"Idem The Huisman"
"Romantic walk along the river?"
"Or bring the boat and enjoy the view"
"View from Poelenburg at 9:45pm"
"View from Poelenburg over River Zaan"
"View from Poelenburg over the Zaanseschans"
"View from Poelenburg towards Zaandijk"
"Woodsawmill Poelenburg, the giant"
"Believe this weighs 42 Tons and turns from bottom"
"Japanese visitors without camera, never seen this"
Looking for different people, I had my day last friday walking around the Zaanseschans, here the windmills and other factores and houses were places while life went on on the other side of the River Zaan, it seems life did not move as I visited a real production windmill, one producing Mustard called the Huisman, you can buy this Mustard in all AH shops in the NEtherlands, The next windmill produces materials needed for paint, chalck, a white pulfer and it is grinded on giant stones. One windmill after that you will find the Duyvis sponsored windmill producing oil from peanuts as this oil is used in all kinds of dressings for salats. In between there is also a wood-saw-mill, still in use in weekends and beautiful as it completely turns when pushed in the wind (by hand)
"Zaanseschans in the evening"
"Woodsawmill Poelenburg and shed"
"Mustard Mill the Huisman"
"Old houses on the Zaanseschans"
"View over Zaandijk"
"Hotel-Restaurant Sans Pareil ****"
"Just before sunset view over River Zaan"
"The River Zaan"
The River Zaan is a mighty river as it brought a good way of transportation for the tons of cacoa and seeds needed for all local production activities.
"River Zaan and Juliana Bridge"
The Juliana Bridge, opened by Princess Juliana
Now a beautifull site, please try to catch the river-sghtseeing boat at the Zaanseschans to see all beauty from the water.
The view from the terrace from the hotel I was staying :) called Sans Pareil ****, Zaandijk
"Woodsawmill 'De gekroonde Poelenburg'"
One of the beauties :)
"Poelenburg from the side"