2. Rauma and seafaring

The homes of major shipowners were also located in the city’s oldest part. Shipowner J. W. Söderblom, the owner of the largest private merchant fleet in Finland that included 11 sailing ships at best, lived in the Pajala house by the Kalatori Square. Other shipowner houses can also be found in the vicinity of the Kalatori Square. You can now walk to the edge of the city, near the Toll, the place of various maritime events. Several shippers and shipmasters have lived in the toll house. Tasala and Hakkri houses are also located nearby, homes of Wilkk Tasala and Iiro Hakkri, heroes made known by the Rauma-born writer HJ. Nortamo in his series ‘Raumlaissi jaarituksi’ (‘Yarns from Rauma’).

Burghers became wealthy through seafaring. The houses of shipowner families were embellished with neo-renaissance style windows and decorative panels. The facades sometimes differed from the yard-side walls, which can be seen in the Tullivahe 5 plot: the facade is made of clapboard and painted with oil paint, whereas the yard-side wall is made of timber and painted with red ochre.

These houses can be associated with ships in other ways as well.  The oldest construction drawings date back to the 1850s. At that time, construction drawings were made by, among others, shipowner J. S. Hafverman, who used the same scale for construction drawings as for ship drawings. In addition to proportional factors, lanterns, angles and decorative details resemble the layout of ships.

Even after the golden age of old sailing ships and the great merchant fleet, the sea and ships have been an important part of the lives of the Rauma residents. People in Rauma often ask “what kind of a boat did he leave behind?” when they hear the news of a fellow traveller’s passing.

During the prosperous times in Rauma, _________________ing ships transferred goods from one continent to another.

Write the correct word in the poem (16) as well.

veneen tervaus Luwilan pihassa
A woman tars a boat in Luwila.