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The Treideln 2: ( Towing 2 )

I found the following description on the Internet and inserted it into my website with the friendly permission of the author, Hansjörg Groenert, Fachleiter for Biology at the Government Stud.-Seminar for teachers at Koblenz/Rhine, 56076 Koblenz, Herrmannstrasse 12:
( I try to translate it:)

Our school is located directly at the Leinpfad, the former treidel path along the river Rhine. Before the use of steam crafts, the ships were pulled upstream at the Leinpfad by horses with long ropes.
Where the Kirchgasse at Koblenz-Pfaffendorf goes down to the river Rhine, you can still see a ”Treidelstein”, when the river level is less than 100 cm (3 feet)

At this Treidelstein was chained a floating barrel with a ring, at which the Treidlers secured their ships, when they made a break at Pfaffendorf. They rested themselves and their horses and brought a votive candle to the church, to give thanks for save traveling.
Up river, at Speyer, the Leinpfad finished and men-power substituted the horsepower.
Downstream, ships sailed or drifted with the river current. The speed of the river Rhine at our school is approx. 8 km /h at middle water level.

So far the description H.J.Groenert, Koblenz/Rh.

Further to the subject, here the two images the  ”Volga Treidler” of the Russian artist Ilja Repin (1844 - 1930).

The two images show the treideln of ships along the river Volga, whereas not only in the optical, but also in the artistically expression the people stand in the foreground. There were critical political and social aspects to the theme, which Ilja Repin has expressed very well. One can imagine the strain and the degree of hardship of this job, done by these people.

A visitor of this webpage, Mrs. Uta Brauer from Berlin, has by observing the details the impression that on both pictures of Ilja Repin, the ships not treidelt onward, but in reverse. That would contradict other finds of the towing , but
I can’t comment on this because I am not an expert for treideln or ships.
Perhaps a future visitor of this page can say more on this subject.

I would be glad to hear your opinion!

A further  visitor, Mr. H.B. Rosenberger from Stuttgart, sent  an e-mail to me on the backward-treideln. He wrote that the treideln backwards is o.k., because the oars get the current in front and the result is that the ship can be better kept away from the banks. The backward treideln needs less work at the oars and the ship will not brake like at the onward treideln.

Mr. Jan Philipp Gölz from Hilden (at Düsseldorf ) wrote me to the question, whether the Volga ships possibly have been towing backward the following:
” The ships at that time were partly differently designed, even at the several sections of the same river.
At the river Rhine, there have been on the route between Cologne (Köln) and Mainz the ship-form called "Oberländer". This ship was sailing indeed onwards, but had an oar at both ends . But that was only a Rhine ship and it didn’t nearly look  like the pictured Volga ship. I think, that one just becomes confused by the shape and configuration of the bow. Because it is reminiscent of the blazoned backs you can see on ships in pirate movies.
I suppose, that the pictured ship is a case of a Volga ship of that time and should not be compared with ships of today. It looks indeed like that ship back, but that can be attributed to our imagination of modern style ships. The "Oberländer" looks rather like a sabot, than a ship.
So far from the quotation of his mail.

Mr. Schmidt-Formann from Hamm (at the river Lippe) wrote me to this pictures, that - by his opinion - it´s thinkable, that the ships sometimes are treidelt backword, because it could be more practicable at some River-sections. He wrote:
(cit.)At the first picture of Ilja Repin you can see, that the transverse -sail- mast is located behind the vertical mast. ( I´m no sailor or yachtsman, I´m sure, there exist a more correct technical term for that .) This detail is the reason for me, to belive, that this schip will treidelt backwardly. I'd manifest the theory, that this “ tactic “ might be in connection with worst possibilities for turnabout the ships at the narrow headwaters of some rivers. So the ships stand after having charge already in the correct direction and mustn`t be turned.
( end of cit).
I think, this is because of its practice a cogent argument and I would be glad, to hear fruther opinions.

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