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Despite the rule of at least 5 visitors at once, when noone had joined us two, the guide opened the building of the Oliwa watershed, gave us a short tour and showed us how the watershed once worked. I learned and saw how running water may cut through metal and how once metal wires and bars were made. It was very hard and time consuming work. The water-powered wheel could lift a hummer of 250 kg up to 0.4 meter.
I got to know that once there had been thousands of similar watersheds all over Poland. This one belonged to the most prosperious ones and provided a great deal of iron and steel to the nearby city of Gdansk. The fourtunes of Oliwa rose and fell with the fourtunes of its market.
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