The Vecht is a rainwater river in Germany and the Netherlands. It is 167 kilometers long with 60 km in the Netherlands. Its origins lie in the Münsterland and it ends near Zwolle in 'Het Zwarte Water' from a rate of 45 to 83 cubic meters per second. The basin covers 3780 square kilometers of the river Vecht. In Germany, the river is called Vechte. The first written mention of the Overijssel Vecht dates from around 1232 and is in the writing Narracio.
Course of the river
In Münsterland are several sources of the Vecht. Thus, a source formed by the moat of the castle Darfeld. About another source, the saga tells that around the year 400 Prince Vechtan would be drowned in the crossing. His name lives on in the name of the river. The Steinfurter Aa adds major tributaries to the Vecht and also the Dinkel, the drainage canal in Gramsbergen, the function of the Small Coevordense Vecht took over that part of Southeast Drenthe drains, and Regge. Main cities and towns along the Vecht are: Metelen, Wettringen, Schüttorf, Brandlecht, Nordhorn, Neuenhaus, Hoogstede, Emlichheim, Gramsbergen, Hardenberg, Ommen, Vilsteren, Dalfsen and Zwolle.
Meaning of the river for shipping
The Vecht has, until well into the 19th century, played an important role in shipping. The river had an irregular flow, in summer the water level could sometimes be extremely low. The river was really only navigable in the water-rich period, approximately from October to April. In the summer the river was almost dry and the shipping was sometimes silent for weeks. Moreover, the river was very tortuous. The sailing time from Zwolle to Nordhorn was about 6 days, while a captain in 2 days could sail from Amsterdam to Zwolle. They used zompen which were were adjusted accordingly so that one could sail as long as possible. An excessively low water levels damms were raised in the river by the skippers. When enough water was collected, they could cross the dam and were also able to return. This was a common practice, moreover, to all the rivers in the eastern Netherlands: to sail where no water. Over the Vecht was transported Bentheim sandstone, which is an important building material. At the border had to be paid high tolls. In order to avoid this the sailors also smuggled. There are many examples: bacon sides were nailed to the board and such ham were dragged underwater by a rope. If a captain got caught, then ship and cargo were confiscated, paying a Fee, and than could buy back. If you did not have the money available, he was helped by other boaters. To shorten the sailing time to Zwolle, this was around 1600, the New Vecht was dug. Zwolle had in fact the staple right on all goods were transported on the Vecht. In the middle of the 19th century the canal Dedemsvaart and its offshoot the Capital District Lutter were ready. They formed a shorter waterway between Zwolle and Coevorden and that meant that the finish of importance of the Vecht as impaired waterway.
The Butterfly in me
Got to be .. where every flower I see
Thats the butterfly in me
yes, Thats the butterfly in me
I come and go on the wind and soar in the sky
Cos thats just the butterfly in me
I've got the wind under my beautiful wings and my heart is happy and it sings
Thats just the butterfly in me
My colors run deeper than the colors of the sea
Cos thats the butterfly in me
by : Dorsey Baker