Uuras Port


The history of the Uuras Port stretches back hundreds of years. In early 19th century, timber export from the Port increased significantly. The Port’s growth was accelerated further by completion of the Saimaa Canal in 1856.

Before the World Wars, Uuras was the world’s largest timber export port. Barges delivered the timber over the Saimaa Canal and ocean vessels transported the cargo to the world. In summer, the workload was high and loading of the vessels sometimes around the clock. There could be some 80 ships from ten different countries in the Port at the same time. Seasonal ship loader jobs were available for inhabitants of other archipelago and mainland areas as well. Only the winter season was quiet, for the sea was frozen.

Villages once located on both sides of the Port were destroyed in the Winter War and Continuation War. Today, there is a small settlement on the Uuras (Vysotsk) island serving the local oil port. The Ravansaari (Malyi Vysotsk) island is overgrown and uninhabited.

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More about online exhibition

Museum’s work group:
Mona Taipale, Satu Ståhlberg and Johanna Piipponen

Script for the online exhibition: Pauliina Veijalainen
The online exhibition’s script is based on the joint exhibition Barefoot of the Lappeenranta museums, which was scripted by Anna Kortelainen. The character texts of the online exhibition are based on the articles by Anna Kortelainen in the book Avojaloin – 20 tositarinaa Karjalan Kannakselta (publisher: Gummerus).

Graphic design: Päivi Veijalainen / Huhtikuu

Technical implementation: Marko Myllymäki / Atadone

Audio clip scripts: Anna Kortelainen

Audio clip readers:
Jukka Lehtinen
Liisa Lehtinen
Maria Lehtinen
Mikko Pirinen
Netta Salonsaari
Antti Taipale
Helmi Taipale
Mikko Taipale
Mona Taipale

Image copyrights:
Etelä-Karjalan museo (EKM)
Etelä-Karjalan taidemuseo (EKTM)
Lintulan luostari
National Board of Antiquities
Pietarin kaupunginmuseo
(State Museum of the History of St Petersburg. St Petersburg)
Ostrobothnian Museum
Border Museum
Finnish Labour Museum Werstas (TW)
Private collections

The exhibition is supported by the National Board of Antiquities