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A ship in Maastricht and that too in the Grote Staat in the middle of the city centre. That seems a bit strange. Nevertheless, the shipping industry and the Meuse trade in particular have been an important source of income. The city was situated on the waterway between Holland and Wallonia and was often the only way to move goods easily. The city was therefore important as a transhipment and transit port for the hinterland. Ships moored at the Bat, where goods were stored and traded. Skippers were not only freighters but also merchants. There are several known examples of these people belonging to the wealthy class and investing the accumulated wealth in houses.

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