17th December 2018 – Another evening working in the Library aboard Tordino. I’ve added around 30 magazines and 20 books to the inventory. The magazines were put into boxes, labeled with date and name. It is a lot of work and many more hours will follow.
16th December 2018 – After emptying the storage room, I started insulating the roof of the new bedroom. I cut some t&g and started mounting it. Half of the ceiling is done.
16th December 2018 – I hadn’t started the engines since the beginning of September. The bowthruster and the generator started straight away. The main engine didn’t. Batteries are broken and need to be replaced. Another cost to add…
12th December 2018 – Just had another look at the Arma on the yard. The engines are still in place, but a hole has been made in the side to get them out.
10th December 2018 – I continued putting magazines into the inventory system for the Library. The more I work on it, the more I start feeling like a real librarian.
6th December 2018 – A big group of people came to visit Museumschip Tordino. It is nice to see that people are truely interested in this project.
3rd December 2018 – After writing some new software for Museumschip Tordino, I continued making an inventory of the magazines aboard the Library. It was warm inside, raining outside. Perfect for working without being interrupted by anyone.
2nd December 2018 – Once or twice a year, I have the luck of finding some exceptionally nice models of ships. Models that are unique because of the people who made them and the way there were made. I drove to Holland to pick them up. They are now aboard Tordino, on display for everyone who is interested! A nice addition to the collection.
1st December 2018 – A job I really don’t want to do was cutting the old fuel tank into pieces. I used a jig saw to make sure there were little to no sparks that could create a fire. After three hours, the fuel tank was reduced to some sheets. The new bedroom space looks bigger now. There is a lot that has to be done before it becomes a real room. Removing rust, cleaning, painting, insulation, etc… A few months work.
24th November 2018 – Aboard the Watergeus, there was an old storage space. I didn’t use it anymore and most of the stuff that was stored there hadn’t been touched for the last ten years. It was time to sort it out. I want to make a spare bedroom in this room.
I removed a big workbench and a few cupboards. The fuel tank will be for next week.
23rd November 2018 – While I was in Ghent, I called a friend to help me picking up the old anchor winch of the Arma. It will become a part of my museum.
In the evening I finished two more Ikea cabinets for the exhibition space.
17th November 2018 – I went to Ikea to pick up some cupboards for the hold. Latelety I got some nice objects for the museum. The easiest and cheapest way to show them is now to work with open cupboards.
In the afternoon, we worked in the hold, hanging information signs and some more objects, including a restored model of a Dutch liner.
15th November 2018 – One of the next conversions aboard Tordino will the extension of the Library. Behind the Library is a big storage for my tools and spare equipment. I will move it to the Watergeus, so I can start storing my archives on Tordino. It will be a big job, but everytime I’m aboard, I will try to fill my van and bring it to Bruges…
11th November 2018 – Slightly ill, I decided to go Den Helder. It is one of the last nautical events this year. I was a bit disappointing, since I have the feeling it has become more of a antique shop then about people who are working with historical boats.
In the afternoon, there was a lecture about the European Certificate for barges. Very interesting.
On the way back, I knew it was game over. I was becoming more badly ill…
8th November 2018 – We left at 7 o’clock in the morning in Zelzate and arrived at 3 o’clock in the afternoon in Bruges. There was a small delay at the lock in Evergem and we had to sail behind a loaded barge in Bruges. The journey went fluently. I had my fingers between the ropes at the lock. Since one of them was already broken, there was no chance I could do anymore ropes. So the mother of the skipper got aboard in Bruges and helped me out.