2009-08-10

The Church Rowers

Before cars and busses became a natural part of the infrastructure, people had to solve their transportation problems in other ways. If they wanted to go to church they could choose to cross the lake by boat. These boats are still in use - but not for the original purpose. Now you can hire the church rowers for at sightseeing trip on the Dellen Lakes.




Cheers,
Asta

12 comments:

Asta said...

Just a small PS:
The name of the boats are 'Tron' and 'Hoppet' which means 'Faith' and 'Hope'

Cheers,
Asta

Jacob said...

They appear to be beautiful boats! I love old wooden boats. Reminds me of my childhood hanging out on Minnesota lakes. Especially loved the Chriscrafts!

Thanks for heads up on the novelist...I shall have to check those out.

My dad's dad left Sweden when he was 17 and landed in NYC in 1893 at Ellis Island. Spoke no English but somehow made it to Kansas.

What a life they had!

Jacob said...

P.S. I hope those names don't refer to what you need to get in one of the boats!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

They look like beautiful boats. Nice capture.

Asta said...

Jacob, I assure you these boats are solid-:)

I think the people who left Sweden during those years went through tougher times that anyone of us can imagine to reach their goal which was to find a way to support their families. They were poor, but they also had strong wills. If not they wouldn't have made it.

I strongly recommend Wilhelm Mobergs novels about these immigrants and their struggle to build a new life in the new world.

Cheers,
Asta

James said...

I heard they felt guilty for charging to much money so they sank the third boat that was called välgöre. :-)

I would like to take a sightseeing trip on one of them.

Asta said...

Ha, ha, ha! Touché James!

Cheers,
Asta

Thom said...

Wow how cool and even in use today. I could have a great time on a quiet lake or river with those. How awesome. I corrected my mistake for you on today's post. Aloha ;)

m_m said...

It is interesting! They are beautiful and have great names:)
Regards,
m_m

Henrik said...

Nice boats. I have seen them, though never gone in one, when visiting the folk music festival (spelmansstämma) in Bjuråker.

JM said...

Pretty cool! That's why I think it's fantastic living close to the water, whether it's the sea or not! :-)

Asta said...

Exactly how I feel JM. Water is a must.

Vad roligt Henrik att du har varit i Bjuråker. Visst är det fint där!?! - Så mysigt-:)

Cheers,
Asta

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