STEAMBOATS

At the end of the 1800s, when BG Kronberg stayed at Engeltofta during the summer months with his family, steamboats regularly trafficked the bay of Gävle. The boats were commonly called the Böna boats. There were steamboat docks along the coast and most of them still exist today.
 
The boats that trafficked the coast were Fama, Flora, Freya, Avance, Linnea, Sylfid and the bigger boats Bönan I, Bönan II and Bomhus I. The Bönan boats had two decks and took up to 190 passengers. They departed from Sehlberg’s bridge, where Elite Grand Hotel is located today.
 
Ships, politics, beer, tobacco and coffee
Among BG Kronbergs steamboat travelers from 1888, we find among others merchant Vict Th Engwall who had his summerhouse on Lyckan, next door. Vict Th Engvall had a substantial shipping business and traded with coffee among other things. In 1920, this coffee was launched under the brand Gevalia (Gävle in Latin).
 
Merchant John Rettig lived in Villa Brynäs on the south side of Gavle bay. John owned the tobacco factory PC Rettig & Co. and also performed extensive ship building operations and shipping.
 
BG Kronberg, Vict Th Engvall and John Rettig were all prominent merchant in Gävle during this time and the discussions on the steam ships might well have been about ships, politics, beer, tobacco and coffee.
 
One of the city's major shipbuilders, O. A. Brodin, whose magnificent summer home Mariebergs was located close to Engeltofta, was another good friend of Kronberg.
 
Further north, city architect EA Hedin (who designed Engeltofta) had his beautiful summer home at Tomtebo. During this time, merchant Axel Brandt stayed in the magnificent Villa Sjötorp.
Timetable 1888 for the Bönan boats, docks and owner of the dock/villa

Docks

Villa Brynäs
Klippan
Källö
Holmsund
Bomhus
Smedjebacken
Uddeholm

Katrineborg
Fiskartorp
Rosenhill
Kviström
Sjötorp
Vik
Stenbacka
Klasro
Fridhem
Lyckan
Engeltofta
Lugnet
Mamre
Aludden
Nyvall
Marieberg
Katrineberg
Sandvik
Nyborg
Persborg
Nacka
Granvik
Miramar
Storstad
Tomtebo
Sjövik
Nyvall
Lundby
Engesberg
Långharen
Lilla Bönan
Böna Brygga
Utvalnäs

Owner of the dock/villa

John Rettig

Löjtnant Lindahl, Guldsmed Kling
Jacob Kellerstadt
Casimir Petré (Korsnäs chef)

J. Nilsson (Kopparfors)

Isaac Westergren
Grosshandlare Luth
Bankdirektör Engström
Stadsmäklare Nygren, Doktor Bergwall, Cederqvist
Disponent Sandström Korsnäs
Konsul Runer, Berggren (Rettigs)
Nilsson
Grosshandlare åkersson, Grosshandlare Andersson
Hammargren
Grosshandlare Vict Th Engwall, Tandläkare Wallberg
B G Kronberg
Magistraten Trollius
von Post, Carolina Själander
Florman
Invenius, Crona
Varv & Redare O.A. Brodin
Schultz, Möller, Almgren
N.P. Andersson
Wahlman
Hallsén
Forsberg
Flodin, Amberger
Schlyter, Hållen
Hållqvist, PP Waldenström
Stadsarkitekt E.A. Hedin
Lindgren (Kopparfors)
Johansson (Kapten), Invenius, Söderberg
Holmström, Henning, Grosshandlare J.Em. Delin
Swedlund, Björkgren
Forsberg
Kapten Dryselius
Grosshandlare och Redare Åkersson