Note: Not to be confused with Steam-Powered Sugar Mill.The Steam-Powered Cloth Mill is a mill that adds to region wealth in Empire: Total War. It is built in a town in the textile building chain.
A mill powered by steam engines can produce cheap goods of good, reliable quality on large machines.
Profits from the mill can be enormous, as the machines run day and night, for as long as the steam engines have coal and water, and there are raw materials to process. Usually there is a central engine, and power for various machine is transferred by a series of axles and belt drives. Powered machinery is dangerous, and injuries among workers are common. This is particularly true among child workers, who are small enough to crawl beneath the looms and fix problems as they occur. It is all too easy to get caught in the whirling machinery and lose a limb, or worse.
Historically, workers saw steam power as a threat to the livelihoods. "Plug riots" where workers destroyed boiler plugs to render steam engines useless were common in Britain. The Luddite movement was so threatening that machine breaking was made a capital crime, and men were executed for it. The French term "sabotage" originally referred to workers throwing their wooden sabots (shoes) into machinery to cause stoppages. The running of mills night and day did create jobs, but it also introduced the tyranny of obeying the clock through shift works.
- Level 3
- 6 Turns to Build
- 6000 Coin