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Man at work IX

By bliba  
The Beginning

Till the middle of the 19th century Ottensheim (Austria) was the only location between Aschach and Linz, where it was possible to cross the Danube from Mühlviertel to the south. Furthermore, a rock at the left river side, the so called "Schröckenstein", blocked the way to Linz. So all goods from Mühlviertel and Bohemia had to be shipped to the other side of the Danube.

Before long the old ferryboat was unable to manage the growing needs of transportation. About 1860 under the leadership of Jakob Sigl, the owner of the local brewery, some Ottensheimer citiziens planned to build a new "flying bridge".

Sigl & Compagnie

On december 12, 1870 the government of Upper Austria granted to the new founded corporation "Drahtseilbruecke Sigl & Compagnie" the right of transporting persons and goods between Ottensheim and Wilhering.

In the course of a great public festival the new ferry was opend on july 2, 1871. The ship was consecrated by Abbot Alois Dorfner from the Wilhering Abbey, which was the greatest joint owner besides the Bank of Upper Austria (today: Oberbank).

Unfortunately the current business was not as good as expected. The proceeds were not sufficient to pay off the interest at all. High water and icedrift caused defects and further costs. In 1882 a high water damaged the landing stage and the corporation had to be liquidated.

Dr. Nikolaus Ambos, doctor in Ottensheim, founded a new corporation, still under the name "Ottensheimer Drahtseilbruecke Sigl & CO". In 1933 Franz Sigl, who was a personally liable partner, left the company. Instead of Sigl Mr. Hans Ambos joined the company. It was renamed in "Ottensheimer Drahtseilbruecke Hans Ambos & CO" by then.

After the expropriation of the Wilhering Abbey by the Nazi regime in 1942 the "Reichsgau Oberdonau" joined the company but sold its portions to the local government of Ottensheim. Until 1948, when the Wilhering Abbey got back its portions, the municipal office of Ottensheim was liable partner of the Danuebeferry Ottensheim.

Danuebeferry, ltd.

On september 14, 1958 the general meeting decided to transform the company into a private limited company. The name of the company was changed to "Ottensheimer Drahtseilbruecke GesmbH." (Danuebeferry Ottensheim, ltd.)

Since the old boat from 1871 no longer met the requirements a new boat (with a capacity of 40 t) was ordered from the shipyard in Linz ("Schiftswerft Linz AG") at the price of ATS 1,270,000.-- (‚€ 92,300.--) at that time. The new ferry was put into service on april, 25th 1964 and consecrated by P. Philibert Höbart.

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Tags: Photo journalism Man at work Ferry boat Bnw photography Danube river Leica X2

Voters: Len1950, capto, Chinga and 29 more

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24 Apr 2016 2:20PM
Fine images and well written up.
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2016 2:23PM
A fascinating write up and image.Smile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2016 2:25PM
Good photography...
Isabel Grin
danbrann 16 640 17
24 Apr 2016 4:01PM
Good photography and a very informative narrative.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2371 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2016 4:18PM
And I suspect that he has been there since 1958. Anyway he has seen off lots of other photographers and he's not fazed by you.
Thanks for the UA on yesterday's, a nice bonus for the day.
24 Apr 2016 8:17PM

Quote:Fine images and well written up.
I agree with Len ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
25 Apr 2016 6:30AM
Very ,very interesting Oliver,great capture.

Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
25 Apr 2016 12:37PM
This is a wonderfully photographed moment.

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