Steam power had some interesting applications, other than driving ships, trains and generating electricity.
This is a website about a very large steam pump, the Cruquius Engine, that was used to help dewater Holland.
This is an animation of the engine room. This is an animation of the operation of the engine and pumps and a schematic animation to show the basic flow of steam.
The engine ran for something like 70 to 80 years.
About the thing
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