The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Transport (outside the mine), Coal Sorting

The Windlass (The Boilers for Mitsui Yamano Coal Pit)
December 1968

Namba (Mitsui Yamano Tanko no Boira)
[The Windlass (The Boilers for Mitsui Yamano Coal Pit)]
37.9 x 54.0 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

Mitsui Yamano Coal Pit was opened in 1898. About seven boilers for this pit were carried on the sands of the riverbank of the Kama River, which is one of the upper streams of the Onga River. The carriers had no other options but to use the 6 km-long winding bank between Yoshio and Yamano to pull these boilers with a windlass.
At that time, the boiler was called a kama (large pot for boiling water, rice, etc.). I guess it was because the boiler was a tool to boil water in the same way as a kama. The above boilers were low-pressure types. They were 6 shaku (about 180 cm) in diameter and 20 shaku (about 606 cm) in length.

"Sorya, maakee! Shikkari maita! Maite toru no ga itoya no musume daa!"

"Let's wind it up! Wind it up hard! Wind it up tight like the young girl at the thread shop, who winds up threads!"

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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