Dr. Kind, Royal Spa Physician, on the Baltic spa at Swinemünde
Dr. Kind can be regarded as one of the fathers of the Baltic spa at Swinemünde. In his day, Swinemünde was an unimportant port with a town of approx. 4000 inhabitants. Being a physician (who was recognized by the Pomeranians although born in Saxony), Kind realized very early that bathing in the Baltic Sea and 'taking the salts' has a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. Theodor Fontane, who's family had close contacts with Dr. Kind, wrote in his novel "My childhood": "The Baltic spa at Swinemünde, which was flourishing at that time, owes much to the efforts of Dr. Kind. Beside other activities, Dr.Kind was also a writer."
Dr. Kind's activities also promoted the healing power of the sea not only in Prussia, but also in the other German states.
In 1828 in Stettin, the royal physician Dr. Richard Kind published the book shown in the illustration
Here are some extracts from this publication:
"The new town (Swinemünde E.R.) grew in terms of area and number of inhabitants from year to year, so that it already had a population of 2656 in 1806, and now numbers between 3500 and 4000 inhabitants. The unhappy year of 1806 completely undermined the prosperity of the young town. Anything not taken away by the French soldiers billeted in the town was destroyed by Napoleon's Continental System and the trade embargo connected with it. This embargo must have been doubly devastating for a town living exclusively on trade and shipping. Even the stimulation of sea trade in the years 1813 and 1814, which had been eagerly awaited by the inhabitants, did not bring the desired effect, since ... the construction of the artificial harbour and the deepening of the navigation channel up to Stettin meant that the source of prosperity of the inhabitants was removed and their prosperity was destroyed irretrievably."
The ships went alongside at Swinemünde only briefly and just for declaration; they were no longer loaded or unloaded there. They no longer took provisions on board and were no longer repaired in S.
"Under these circumstances, the arrival of a few strangers, who stayed here for a certain period to bathe in the sea, awoke attention to the fact that the location of the town and the condition of the beach were most favourable to establish a seaside health resort. In 1814, the district physician Dr. Roth turned to the royal government of Stettin and asked for governmental support in establishing a seaside health resort there." However, nothing happened at first. Nevertheless, the number of guests increased. In 1819, the police published orders related to bathing. In 1822, an association was founded with the objective of establishing a sea bath. The seaside bathing pools of Swinemünde were founded in 1825.
These activities were supported not only by Dr. Sack from Stettin (who was the Higher President of Pomerania), but also by the Prussian king.
" His Royal Majesty deigns to consider the requests of the directors of the emerging bathing pools most graciously and grants a gift of 5000 talers for this purpose. At the same time, the same orders the Director of Gardens, Mr. Lenné of Potsdam, to prepare a plan according to which the harbour plantation shall be converted into a park, and to carry out this conversion later on."
Footbridges from the dunes to the sea, bathing huts, a warm-water pool, the improvement of the paths to the beach, the opening of a bathing house, the employment of personnel etc. contributed to the prosperity of Swinemünde as a seaside resort. As early as 1914, Swinemünde had become the most important Baltic spa in Germany (26,000 guests). In 1940, S. had 54,000 visitors with 295,000 overnight stays.
It became a cosmopolitan seaside resort.
The register of post services arriving at and departing from S.:
Stagecoaches arrive from Anclam on Sundays and on Wednesday afternoons.
Mail is brought by mounted post rider from Anclam on Mondays and Friday evenings.
Stagecoaches arrive from Eastern Pomerania on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons.
Mail is brought by mounted post rider from Eastern Pomerania on Mondays and Friday mornings.


 
Stagecoaches depart to Anclam on Sundays and Thursday afternoon.
Letters and packages must be deposited by about 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
The mounted post rider departs to Anclam on Mondays and Friday evenings at 9 o'clock.
Letters must be deposited by 8 o'clock.
Stagecoaches depart to Eastern Pomerania on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The mounted post rider departs to Eastern Pomerania on Monday evenings and Friday mor