SLOW ASTERN

Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – NEROMILOS 4

NEROMILOS 4
Watermill

Inserted in the top section of the water tower is this pentagonal plaque carved from rough marble. Note the occurrence of 5 – the pentagon itself and the five spoked millstones.

Wooden tool found inside hopper – probably used to pound wheat grain inside hopper to ensure steady flows.

Spare mill shaft. The plate at the top was embedded in upper millstone. The four staggered hooks (?) hold eyed bars (shown at right side). When in turn they supported the wheel to which the paddles were attached.

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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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