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alaranta 196kt

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mältinranta
heavy 479kt
light 202kt

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"Tampere is a silver brooch in a belt of waterways"

Water traffic
Ilona Koivisto and Tiina Tuulasvaara-Kaleva

Water traffic Tampere was founded at a traffic junction point between Lake Näsijärvi in the north and Lake Pyhäjärvi, a part of the Kokemäki water system, in the south. Short distances on the lakes were initially travelled with row-boats with several pairs of oars. Horse-powered rafts and two-mast yawls delivered firewood from the north to the needs of industry. Ahti in Näsijärvi and Laukko in Pyhäjärvi were the first steamboats of the 1850s. Raw materials like cotton were shipped on Pyhäjärvi, and finished industrial products were shipped to sea ports in the south. The number of ships increased rapidly. The inhabitants of the nearby areas brought goods to the city to sell them and simultaneously bought special products from the city to take home with them. The peak of boat traffic took place in the 1910s-1930s, although the boats were already getting competition on roads and rails.

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