In north-eastern Poland, the Augustow Canal provides a present-day transport link and is also a historic monument to the country's past.
GV & PAN Lake Niecko in Poland
SV Man logging on Augustow Canal
GV Old man pulling raft of logs along canal
MV Logs tied together moving through lock and man walking logs through from other side (3 shots)
GV Lake PAN TO Flisakowka Hostel at Paniewo, Poland
CU Log joints of cabin
GV INT Hostel with CU boar's head and wagon wheels and lights and log fire in stone fire-place
GV Paniewo look being renovated
MV Man working stone for renovation PAN TO crane, work on lock in progress (2 shots)
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Background: In north-eastern Poland, the Augustow Canal provides a present-day transport link and is also a historic monument to the country's past. The canal is about 150 years old.
SYNOPSIS: This is Lake Niecko, one of more than 9,000 small lakes in Poland. Most of them are in the northern regions, and it is here that the Augustow Canal, is found. It links two rivers and it is a way of moving timber from the abundant Augustow forests to the towns. But for tourists and historians it holds a wealth of technical and historians historical interest.
The canal, with its intricate lock system, connects many small lakes and is considered a tribute to the Polish engineers who built in the 1820's. It was built to connect the Vistula river-basin with the Niemen river, during a conflicts between Poland and the Prussiars, who had cut off Polish merchants' access to the port of Gdansk (then Danzig).
Today the canal is a popular route for parties of tourists who stay in hostels along the banks, amid tranquil and picturesque landscape. This is the Flisakowka hostel at Paniewo. It features many rustic reminders of the Polish lake district's pioneering life 150 years ago.
The canal lock at Paniewo is now being overhauled and rebuilt using the traditional methods and materials. The canal is 102 kilometres (62 miles) long. It remains a vital economic link. It has also become a fascinating historical monument to navigational technology.