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November 2011

28th November 2011

Having a ship like the Watergeus, Frantsis, Escapade or Hornblower is not a hobby. It is a dedicated job. I no longer believe in hobby projects where people tent to work on a Sunday afternoon on their boat. The amount of time I have now spent on the Hornblower in a short period (since April 2011) is massive.

23rd November 2011

The last part of the journey...

20th November 2011

It was to much fog to continue our journey. So I returned home in the afternoon after taking some pictures and talking with some local skippers.

19th November 2011

We left Amsterdam at 7 o'clock in the morning. The ship was moored in the Prinsengracht. After one hour we were near the Scheepvaartmuseum. I spent most of the time watching around and taking pictures.

At 9 o'clock we were picked up by a cargo ship that would bring us to Rotterdam. Later that evening we arrived in the Merwede harbour.

18th November 2011

Leaving early for Amsterdam doesn't necessarily mean you get on time. Our train had two hours delay because of an accident. We decided to take the bus to Antwerp and then continue by train.

On arrival, we made a walk, the same we are planning to take tomorrow with the boat. It seems that every bridge is high enough to pass!

17th November 2011

Since we will have to move the boat before monday, it needs a lot of preparation! This was done today. Since my experience with he Frantsis, Escapade and the Hornblower, it seems like an easy job. Certainly when you are with to people to do the job.

16th November 2011

I went to see a boat in Amsterdam in the evening. After work I drove to Amsterdam to visit a snik / pakschuit. It was once owned by a Dutch painter.

12th November 2011

The good thing of visiting several boats a month is you get an idea on how different people convert different vessels on their own way. They ship I visited today was a rebuilt beurtschip like the Frantsis. Her bow was raised like the Hornblower. The price was a little high and there was to much work.

In the afternoon I worked on the Hornblower.

7th November 2011

The first day was a success for that spits barge I was working on yesterday; They made it reasonable far. Another day tomorrow and the ship is on its mooring.

In front of the lock

In front of the lock

6th November 2011

I was near Amsterdam today for picking up an anchor winch and a heater for the Hornblower. While I was there I took some pictures of a few houseboats.

An unknown tug

A Hagenaar, one of the nicest I have seen in the last couple of years

The klipper Animo

3rd November 2011

I went to the Federal Office for the paperwork of the Hornblower. Those people were looking confused when I told them I wanted to register my yacht from 1901. The term 'Groningse snik', the type of vessel, was new. I showed them a picture and they started laughing.

This made me think we should preserve more of these small ships. The Hornblower is maybe not the perfect example with her new bow, but at least she is part of an old traditional fleet of Dutch built small vessels.


October 2011

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