Vättern - an ancient transport route

Vättern was long the best link between Östergötland and Västergötland, Narke and Småland. Today maritime traffic consists essentially of Visingsö ferries, a handful desire ships and recreational boats.

Before the car and the big road entry, survived, worked and people died on Vättern in a way that is hard to imagine for us who were born after the 60's when shipping drastically slowed. Larger trucks took over the ships and motoring progress was made possible by the construction of E4:An infrastructure investments and.

Vätterstranden skipper Janne Göthberg describes in a storytelling evening at Grenna Museum, facing the traffic and ship the family life history. His unique imagery shows shipbuilding, cargo ship, docks, ports, channels and people who worked on the Vättern. The images reflect the history and life of Vättern for almost a century. The image of the Vättern was full of ships and small boats painted. 1955 began Janne himself at age 14 its shipping lane on the ship "Minna". Jan-Olof's diary entries describe detailed, a chef jung man's experiences from the summer 1955:

"We had driven up to Baskarp at night, Motala where we had landed pig iron a day before. Now we are moored on the sand handle bridge and will unload sand Vastervik. It's time to "cover of" to hold, and the conveyor belt is started, the sand in a stream. Now such "modernity" as loaders come to Baskarp. It looked like a tractor with the wire of the cab, that lifted bucket. This facilitated incredible to require, as all the sand was scooped by hand with a shovel. At eight o'clock the mother down with a big basket of food, containing 12-15 Cakes baked rye bread, and a dinner later succumbed up, usually meatballs and potato. It tasted good to sit down at a set table again, usually it was always me who would cook the food. I was the youngest on board. "

In addition to life at sea was slitigt meant long periods away from family. Summer Life and winter life was different, however much the. If summers followed the wives and children of the boats. Jan-Olof Göthberg quit as skipper 1963.

The piers around the lake Vättern
Stately bridges to add at were around the Vättern and they played a major role. Here were loaded quantities of goods and passengers, the farmers' cattle, and more. This is where it happened. Nowadays there are only small remnants of these bridges. Ever since the Middle Ages, heavily laden sailing ships crossed with iron, building materials, passengers and all sorts of agricultural products over Vättern. In the early 1900s it was mostly peasants' products were transported to Jönköping for sale in the markets for city residents. The delivery was very asptimmer to match industries in Jönköping Tidaholm via Hjo. Asptimret came on larger boats from Russia or the Baltic states to Mem where the canal empties. Munksjö mill had four own boats. From Olshammar transported pulp to Germany. In the early 1900s, was built a sand-lime brick factory in Sved Island in Baskarp. It burned down in the 1920s. Then they built a plant for the processing of sand to supply foundries with. Flint from Jutland in Denmark was transported and crushed in Baskarp to sandpaper manufacturing. It was an unhealthy activities that led to many got "stone lung" and died.

Another load was of course passengers. Passenger boat "Sveudden" go between Jonkoping and Hjo. It added at all bridges between. "Motala Express" was a passenger who initially went between Jonkoping and Motala. One of the oldest steamships, s / s Trafik, Still going during the summer between Hjo and Visingsö and some time each summer also Hästholmen.