National Geographic : 1925 May
Photographs by J.and P.Parikas THE SOUTH HARBOR QUAYS, WITH THE CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION IN THE BACKGROUND: HELSINGFORS Finland has always maintained communication with the Western World through the two long gulfsofthe Baltic Sea bywhich itisembraced. Finns are skillful sailors, and the vast forests of the republic have yielded cheap and excellent materialforshipbuilding. The republic's commercial fleet of to-day comprises more than 5,ooo vessels. It maintains communication with Stockholm, i6 hours across the Baltic, and with Stettin, in Germany, 36 hours distant. A direct steamer service under the Finnish flag also links. Helsingfors with Hull, England, and- Copenhagen, Denmark.