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HomeConverted barges and their stories • Repairing the Watergeus at the yard

Repairing the Watergeus at the yard in Sluiskil

Between 15th May 2006 and the 1st August 2006, the Watergeus was repaired at shipyard 'De Schroef' in Sluiskil. She was twice dry docked, seven plates were doubled and a few rivets rewelded.

Just after dry-docking, the back accommodation

The bow of the Watergeus, after the hull was cleaned

The rudders and propeller of my boat, before cleaning

A plate needs doubling

A plate in the side was doubled

A plate needs doubling in the side

A plate in the side was doubled

Welded rivets

A welder cleaning the plate

Plates need to be welded

The finishing touch on the last plate. A few hours later, she was painted

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