Rebuilding Deep Bight’s iconic water wheel
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.
Dwayne Dawe outside the mill in Deep Bight.