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Poyen windmill

Windmill - Petit-Canal

The ruins of Poyen Mill are among the many remains of the sugar plantations that were scattered throughout Grande-Terre until the early 19th century. Visitors may access the mill via the old Gaschet rail station, which can be seen from the National Highway approximately 4 km past the town of Petit-Canal traveling toward Port-Louis. Like the majority of mills in Guadeloupe, Poyen Mill was equipped with a rotating cap that could be used to orient the sails to face the wind by means of a tail beam. The movement of the sails drove a system of gears and rollers located on a wooden chassis at the base of the structure.
This tapered-cylinder “tower mill” had three dressed stone arched openings, the largest of them used to introduce the mechanism into the mill. The mill was also equipped with a chute for cane juice, located on the ground inside. Its walls were coated with a lime-based whitewash. Although the masonry work may look rather primitive, it is actually indicative of a certain technological mastery, all the more so as the raw materials—calcareous tufa—were of dubious quality.

Located on the former property of the Beauport sugar factory, the Poyen mill
Located on the former property of the Beauport sugar factory, the Poyen mill
Poyen mill. Beautiful look in nature
Poyen mill. Beautiful look in nature
Arched window, walls covered with lime coating
Arched window, walls covered with lime coating
Poyen windmill. Main bay arched in stone
Poyen windmill. Main bay arched in stone
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