By Johan Van Veen
During the career of the Netherlands the Germans made it most unlikely to hold out any upkeep paintings on our seashores or any sounding, soil investiga tion or current-measurement paintings off the co ast, within the estuary of the Scheldt or within the channels among the Frisian Islands. The paintings ofDr. Johan van Veen, then chief of this survey, accordingly got here to astandstill. He then got here to me and requested me to offer him a few activity, in order that he, an indefatigable employee, may perhaps proceed to have paintings, the simplest antidote opposed to the German poison, which affected simply completely unemployed males. I knew his love for the heritage of our conventional dealing with of the defence opposed to the water. An all-round research had by no means been released, for in common instances a guy with complete wisdom of this kind of paintings can't make time for the sort of examine, as water is our eternal enemy, which has to be stored lower than continuous elose remark. From Dr. van Veen's e-book will probably be elear that the Dutch demeanour of dredging, draining and reelaiming is a mixture of traditions inherited from our ancestors and utilized technological know-how to deal with smooth calls for. this practice is in our blood. A extra intimate wisdom of it's going to, i'm hoping, provide a kcy to so me of the salient issues in our nationwide character.
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Throughout the career of the Netherlands the Germans made it very unlikely to hold out any upkeep paintings on our shorelines or any sounding, soil investiga tion or current-measurement paintings off the co ast, within the estuary of the Scheldt or within the channels among the Frisian Islands. The paintings ofDr. Johan van Veen, then chief of this survey, for that reason got here to astandstill.
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The art is not to make expensive large dams, but to work gently and cleverly trying to obtain great advantage. 'l\That is needed is patience and the use of time' . Apparently Vierlingh tries to convey the idea that we should not neglect tbc art when d ealing with tides. The expression 'use 01 time' is an excellent one. This advice to use time is the one tha t is least observcd. There are engineers who have enough patience but who cannot see several years ahead, or who will let a suitable opportunity pass.
He who could not help at the dikes had to leave the country; he who would not help was put to death. In so me parts any man refusing to do his share could be buried alive in the breach with a pole stuck through his body. The people who lived farther inland had to come and work at the dike as weIl as those who dwelled near them. 'Dike or depart' was the old saying. Any man who was unable to repair the breach in his seetion of the dike had to put his spade in the dike and leave it there. This was the sign by which he gave his farm to any man who pulled the spade out of the dike - that means to say: who felt powerful enough to elose the breach.
This was a process which the farmers disliked intensely. Some of the lakes were natural, most of them had been made by the people themselves when they wanted peat to burn in their houses, either for cooking of for heating. Every town had its own lake where the peat was dug, and those lakes grew in size not only because of the dredging of the black substance, but also because of the attacks of the waves on its shores. The larger the lake became the greater the attack ofthe waves. The big Haarlem lake, for instance, grew to such an extent that Amsterdam itself was threatened.
Dredge Drain Reclaim: The Art of a Nation by Johan Van Veen