Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Saw-Mills at the Falls

The Virginia Company were anxious to erect saw-mills in the colony with a view to house and ship building so in the "Second Supply" ship sent some Poles and Dutchmen for that purpose.  Again in 1619 others were sent.  A Dutch captain proposed to introduce a master-workman from Holland to construct saw-mills propelled by the wind, however, this suggestion does not appear to have been acted upon. Governor Wyatt was enjoined to erect mills for sawing adjacent to the Falls of the Powhatan in order that the lumber might be brought thither by means of water.  It is conjectured that several ships were probably constructed during this period.  The massacre of 1622 disrupted the venture.

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