På vattnet – Hundra år i Göteborg (On the Water – One Hundred Years in Gothenburg)
Gothenburg has always been characterised by its proximity to the water – to the river and to the sea. Shipments came through the Göta River from inland, and the sea has provided the connection from and to the world for many centuries.
During the past hundred years many things have changed in life and businesses by the water. The barges that were important modes of transportation are far fewer. Bridges have been constructed; the ferry services had closed but have now been resurrected. From here the archipelago was busy with steamboats to summer festivities, but several of the islands have many permanent residents now, and the services are no longer powered by steam based on coal.
Gothenburg was of central importance to the fishing fleet as their main harbour, but the conditions have changed with the international agreements on fishing quotas. Customs have long been in place to monitor the trade and curb the smuggling of spirits, drugs, and weapons.
The proximity to the dangers of the water also meant that the Sjöräddningssällskapet (Sea Rescue Society) was established here.
During the Second World War, the naval defence was expanded with destroyers and submarines – many of them built in the large shipyards in Gothenburg. The Swedish America Line and the Sessan Line were tangible elements with their business and pleasure trips to and from the city. Long before that the Swedish East Indian Company was based in Gothenburg and traded with China. As a reminder of this, the newly built East Indian vessel Götheborg at the quayside, preparing for new voyages.
‘On Water* consists of both informative chapters and admirable imagery.
The book’s editor is Gudrun Nyberg, also instigator and editor in chief for the whole series “One Hundred Years in Gothenburg”. Other writers contributing to this book are researcher Bertil Söderberg, university professor Lennart Bornmalm, historian Rickard Bengtsson, professor Thore Hagman and professor Bertil Olsson.
Gudrun Nyberg (red.)
Format: 215 x 233 x 20 Number of pages: 294 Genre: Non-fiction ISBN: 9789189063075