Water – sailing vessels and fishing

The water theme showcases the maritime spirit of Central Ostrobothnia through, for instance, the region’s leading position in Finnish shipbuilding in the 1600s and 1700s, and with tales of unfortunate shipwrecks. The utilisation of rivers is demonstrated by well-preserved flour or saw mills and old photos of timber floating, and lake ore tells us about the utilisation of lakes. Fishing is a natural and eternal form of utilising all of these water elements, including seal hunting in the sea areas. The waterways have enabled Finns to reach both domestic and foreign locations and harbours – and not always for legal purposes, as the smuggling during the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s shows.

 

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