Ferry Crossing over Gauja river near Ligatne

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Laima Gūtmane (simka… on December 16, 2007


Ainars M -2 on December 16, 2007

Kā jau teicu - man rinda otrā krastā bija lielāka nekā Jums! Tādēļ auto neiebraucu kadrā, jo man taču bija vispirms jāpalaiž otrējie uz šo pusi. :D

Marilyn Whiteley on December 16, 2007

Is this the kind of ferry that is attached to a cable and is powered by the river current? or is there some kind of engine? Just curious. Marilyn

Ainars M -2 on December 16, 2007

You're absolute right, Marilyn!

I never used before this or similar ferries, just seen before in movies. :)

And I was surprised too, how easy older ferryman can pull over river two cars plus peoples (8 + self) in one load! That gives in total ~3500kg plus extra weight of whole wet ferry.

I passed over sea before this using bigger ferry, one like this near Klaipeda, to Kuronian spit and back to continent but that was powered by diesel and was more like big boat. And there was no river stream and cables which can help.

Thanks again for Your interest and asking. Did You seen somewhere similar, man powered ferries when You traweled around the World?

Cheers, ainars.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 17, 2007

My pictures show nothing like it, Ainars, because it was still somewhat wintry when we were there last spring, but there is or at least used to be that kind of ferry across the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, U.S.A. And it is fascinatng how the river does the work!! I think I have been on at least one other ferry like that, but I cannot remember where. (I forgot to say that like your photo!)

Cheers, Marilyn

Marilyn Whiteley on December 17, 2007

One more thing, Ainars: a ferry we took across a river in Austalia wasn't very much larger than yours. But as you can see from my photo, it was definitely machine-powered! Greetings again, Marilyn

Ainars M -2 on December 18, 2007

Thanks for interesting link! I believe, than if ferryman needs to go like shuttle from one bank to other and back again without brake for lunch, then after few such weeks this task will enough for him! :)

From other hand, river stream powered ferry can attract more visitors attention than commercial engine powered one. And no doubth, than much higher interest there than just replacing ferry site with new bridge.

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