Replica of a 17th century saw mill of Malacca
Malaysia, Malacca, Dutch Square, April 2011
The Dutch with their local allies assaulted and wrestled Malacca from the Portuguese in January 1641. The VOC (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) then started to build more trading ships, about one or two ships per year. In order to increase the number of new ships the VOC decided to use saw mills to do the heavy work. As soon as these saw mills were in operation, they were able to produce 40 ships per year!