Balmoral Grist Mill

Balmoral Grist Mill (HM21M6)

Location: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0 Colchester County
Country: Canada
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N 45° 38.697', W 63° 11.693'

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[1.] Water turbines
the power that ran the mill

This illustration shows one type of
setup for a turbine driven gristmill.
Illustration from "the Red Mill Reborn".
Used with permission of
'Lou Robertella, Brodheadsville Pa."

[2.] When Alexander Mckay built the mill ca. 1874,
it was powered by at least one turbine,
possibly two
We know this because of oral histories, physical
evidence, documents, and photographs.
[Illustration captions read]
Turbine powering a sawmill ca.1880
Photograph of Archie MacDonald, fourth miller
and last owner/operator. He and several others
provided oral histories in the mid 1970's.
[Photo] Taken ca. 1975
[3.] There are a few older photos of the mill
before the restoration which don't show
any evidence of the turbine.
[Photo] Ca. 1962 - Folk singer Ed McCurdy
However this one [lower] photo reveals
a great deal.
[4.] This expanded view of this corner of the mill
corresponds with the location of the turbine
inside. The structure appears to be a
'Trash Grate' similar to the ones illustrated below.
These were used to keep debris from clogging the turbines.
The buggy below indicates the age of the image to be at least pre-war but it is likely even older.
HM NumberHM21M6
Placed ByBalmoral Grist Mill Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)20T E 484813 N 5054618
Decimal Degrees45.64495000, -63.19488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 38.697', W 63° 11.693'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 38' 41.82" N, 63° 11' 41.58" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 544 Peter MacDonald Rd, Tatamagouche Nova Scotia B0K 1V0, CA
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