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Where: Sligo, Sligo County, Ireland

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This smashing shot from the lens of Mr. French looks so crisp and clear that one could imagine that you were looking at it live! Lough Gill in Sligo is beautiful at any time and this captures the atmosphere and life of the place. Can we locate that place today?

And indeed we can. Or, at least, Niall McAuley and BeachcomberAustralia can. The OSI 6" (1888-1913) map confirms that this is an "aermotor pump" attached to Hazelwood (or is it Hazlewood) House in Calry, County Sligo....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Likely after c.1880s (windmill)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05640

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 08:55:09

    The windmill comes from Illinois, USA. Can anyone read the vane?

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    Inverarra

    • 04/Dec/2018 09:02:27

    Sligo harnessing wind power, long ago. Great shot.

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    Inverarra

    • 04/Dec/2018 09:03:22

    And a little steam power boat, too.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 09:12:33

    It's a "HALLADAY" pump from this company - www.bataviahistoricalsociety.org/exhibits-collections/com... "By 1881, the company was called the largest institution of its kind in the world."

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 09:15:52

    HALLADAY STANDARD ? ? ? Batavia, Illinois, USA

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 09:32:58

    Same steam launch and rowing boats? And jetty? - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6640047167/] Edit - Mr French also went up something high (a windmill?) for this - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000333550

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 10:55:30

    On the 25" map, there is an Aermotor pump at Hazelwood House.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 10:58:22

    You can just make out that the base is still there in this rather distant Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 11:04:41

    This Eblana Pair in the archive shows a strange model windmill on this spot in the 1880s, so we are later than that.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 11:04:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] That's it! And the other photo - see the marked peculiar double jetty . . Google satellite - www.google.com/maps/@54.2561847,-8.4383887,135m/data=!3m1...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 11:06:29

    For confirmation, here is an archive shot of this windmill labelled Hazelwood Co. Sligo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 11:11:00

    The Aermotor Company is still making machines like this.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 04/Dec/2018 11:15:21

    From a report on the Spring Show at the RDS in Dublin, Freeman's Journal, 13 April 1887:

    Mr. C. Cadle, of 39 Wellington-quay, has on Stand 30 a large and varied assortment of goods; and on the ground outside he shows Halladay's standard windmill, adapted for pumping and driving farm machinery. This machine, we believe, is much used in England, where windmills are more numerous than in Ireland.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 12:32:44

    There are may pics of similar windmills online, and the vanes seem to all read HALLADAY STANDARD US SUPPLY CO. OMAHA NEBRASKA but I am pretty sure that todays pic says HALLADAY STANDARD US Wind Engine & Pump Co. Batavia Illinois USA

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Dec/2018 12:37:40

    Ah, at least one page says: The windmill was built by the U.S. Wind Engine and Pump Co. of Batavia, IL, the first wind engine manufacturer. The printing on the vane also says it was acquired from the US Supply Company, Omaha, Neb. Someone in Sligo would probably not be buying from the US distributor.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 12:50:28

    Just to confuse, there are a couple more photos with just "HALLADAY" on the vane - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322027 (sails folded) catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000323832 (clearest) - which means Mr French was there on several occasions, as seems usual. Ed. found by an NLI search for "Hazlewood"

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    Foxglove

    • 04/Dec/2018 13:03:15

    the cows I think these may be "moiled cattle" though these ones have horns. right colour wrong headgear

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    Foxglove

    • 04/Dec/2018 13:07:23

    the black ones might be "dexters" or "Kerrys" . all three are now rare breeds being too small for today's demands and uniformity

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    DannyM8

    • 04/Dec/2018 18:15:32

    Carbon Neutral!!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Dec/2018 20:40:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The CO2 from the cattle cancel out the gains from the windmill? So I have herd... It's a moo-t point...

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 04/Dec/2018 22:59:27

    www.history.alberta.ca/energyheritage/energy/wind-power/w... so 1880-1930ish

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    DannyM8

    • 04/Dec/2018 23:10:17

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Hay there, friend, I did not steer you wrong or hide anything. I think my comment was cowherent and hit the Bull’s-eye, it was the gosbull truth. Some would say you were milking it with your comment, I think you were being nobull and it was justifyabull, I have watched your comments for heifer and heifer and I know its pasture bedtime down udder, have a think about what I say over your Moorning Calffee. PS - I wonder did Robert French ask them to say Cheese!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Dec/2018 06:30:10

    Nitpick: it is the 25" which records the Aermotor Pump. Since that is a rival machine to the Halladay we see, this probably means we are before the survey date, but I don't know how to extract a date for this sheet from Geohive. Navigating to the 6", dated in the 1830s, this spot is home to a Hydraulic Engine as neither Halladay nor Aermotor existed in those days. This is perhaps the strange mini-Dutch windmill I linked in the archive earlier in Eblana pair EB_0894

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Dec/2018 07:06:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] My misteak - I deserved that roasting!

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    DannyM8

    • 05/Dec/2018 07:20:10

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] :)

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    DannyM8

    • 05/Dec/2018 15:48:38

    Foxglove A friend who knows cattle thinks a mix of Friesian and Ayrshire?

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    Foxglove

    • 06/Dec/2018 13:49:49

    I would take his advice before my musings - oddly no dogs mm

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 11/Dec/2018 09:00:08

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!