Re­build­ing Deep Bight’s iconic wa­ter wheel

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET DEEP BIGHT, N.L.

It’s said to be the last stand­ing saw mill in New­found­land.

The Deep Bight saw mill, with its iconic 19-foot wa­ter wheel, was a land­mark for the com­mu­nity.

Dwayne Dawe of Deep Bight says he can re­mem­ber, as a child, see­ing cars lined up along the sides of the road to take photos of the mill.

That was then.

The mill, built in 1905 by Wil­liam Avery and his brother James, stood un­til about 1984, when it fi­nally suc­cumbed to years of ne­glect and de­cay, the ghost of a once boom­ing in­dus­try.

Now, Dawe has be­gun the mas­sive un­der­tak­ing or restor­ing the old mill, with hopes that a new gen­er­a­tion will dis­cover it.

MARK SQUIBB/THE PACKET

Dwayne Dawe out­side the mill in Deep Bight.

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