The River Nemunas ferry belonged to Kaunas townspeople and was rented by the magistrate every year. The ferry was vitally important to the townspeople, since it guaranteed connection with the other bank of the River Nemunas, where Kaunas inhabitants owned land and a few manufacturing trade establishments which belonged to the town, such as the Jiesia mill, Freda folwark, the brickyard and a wax kiln. Ferry prices were set depending on the weather conditions and means of transport. The prices varied depending on the season. The ferry was unprofitable for the town, since the conditions of the agreement and rent prices in some cases were disadvantageous. In 1791 the magistrate decided to take over the ferry and employ a paid officer who was responsible for managing the ferry.