SLOW ASTERN

Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – NEROMILOS 1

NEROMILOS
Watermill

From the days when much wheat was grown on the island – a ‘neromilos’ was an alternative to the ‘anemomilos’ (windmill).

Motive power obtained by water entering a 30 foot tower and being constricted at the bottom, thus emerging under pressure.

Water is stored in a large reservoir upstream and when released flows down an irrigation channel and into the top of the tower.

The diameter of the chimney at the top of the tower is 3 feet gradually decreasing in diameter, and finally curving until its horizontal and only 6 inches in diameter. The water emerges under considerable pressure onto one side of the paddle wheel effecting the required circular motion…
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Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – Ayia Kiriaki
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‘Slow Astern’ is a position on the engine telegraph located inside the bridge of a ship. It’s purpose is to transmit the orders of the captain to the engine room below decks. ‘Slow astern’ means ‘slowly backwards’. In Greek it is ‘ΟΠΙΣΘΕΝ ΗΡΈΜΑ’. I am using this nautical term as a metaphor to say ‘slowly back to the past’ or if you wish, «a calm and sobber throwback in time».Hello!
In case some readers thought that all I love about my favorite island is nature, I hope this post will make them change their minds. Because, connected with that nature, inside that nature, befriended with that nature, a very peculiar civilization developed…

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