Cruise History – Steamship History: FINNISH LAKE STEAMER SS TARJANNE

Great YOUTUBE video of the Lake steamer Tarjanne

Lake steamer Tarjanne was launched in May 1908 and still today sails the same route through Näsijärvi lake to the town of Virrat.

Tarjanne Näsijärvi has served passengers and freight. Today, the ship operates on alternate days between the Tampere Näsijärvi Muroleen channel Ruovesi and Virrat. Its route from Tampere to Virrat known as the poet’s path.

In Finland, the ship is the last long line of passenger steamships. It has 115 seats, and the crew of 4 + restaurant staff. The upstairs restaurant has been changed to the current multicolour foliage in 1916 by Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s design. Until 1956 the upper deck was for second-class cabins and below third-class cabins.

A major renovation was made in 2006-2007 and was completed in 2008.

There are dozens of lakes in eastern and central Finland connected by canals.

One of the most extensive is the Saimaa Canal, built in the 1850s, which connects the Saimaa lake area to the Gulf of Finland.

There are dozens of steam vessels serving the waterways of the Saimaa lake area and Lake Päijänne.

Many of them were built fifty or a hundred years ago. There’s old world charm in these vessels, with their wooden decks and brass fittings. Some ships offer cabin accommodation, and most provide food.



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…