Opening ceremony for the Lippe ferry called Baldur in Dorsten !


On these pages you can find different photos of the opening ceremony for the ferry called Baldur that is used for crossing the river of Lippe in Dorsten in the Ruhr area (Germany). The chairman of the board of directors of the German Hard Coal Mining Company (DSK), Bernd Toenjes, several representatives of the city of Dorsten (Germany) and the local media have joined for the opening ceremony. The ferry's name - Baldur - results from the former Baldur colliery. The miners that were employed with this colliery several years ago used the predecessor of the ferry in order to cross the river of Lippe and to get to their places of work.

The ferry was built by trainees of Auguste Victoria/Blumenthal and Lippe colliery and it has to be moved across the river in the same way the miners had to move their ferry when they wanted to get to work: The ferry is fixed at two ropes on each of it's sides and the passengers have to move it by turning a wheel that is mounted on the ferry and that is connected to a chain the ferry moves along.

Special thanks for these photos to Heinz Gro▀mann who is presenting even more pictures about the Ruhr area, mining etc. on his website http://www.suderwich.net.

Please click on the photos' small versions in order to enlarge them and to get the corresponding background information. ATTENTION: The pictures' explanations can now be found UNDER the large versions.

 

 

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The river of Lippe near Dorsten in Germany.

An explanation panel for the Baldur ferry.

Soon there will be an opening ceremony.

The ferry from another point of view.

       
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The ferry is waiting for it's maiden voyage. The underground fire brigade of the colliery. First good photos are taken by the local media. Even a camera crew was present at the Lippe.
       
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A speech was held during the ceremony... ... and the media were very interested. The miners form a guard of honour. Soon the ferry will be opened officially.
       
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Bernd Toenjes gives the name Baldur to the ferry. After that all representatives joined. The maiden voyage. Even a camera took part in the maiden voyage.
       
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The ferry seems to work without any problems. The ferry on it's way across the river of Lippe. The proud trainees have built the ferry. A large panel at the bank of the Lippe.
       
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Now everybody can use the Baldur ferry. And again the ferry crosses the Lippe.