Month: November 2011

Stuck in Schiedam

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. The skipper gave me his car. He will pick it up when he is in Bruges with his ship.

 

Leaving Amsterdam aboard the Carpe Diem

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. The Carpe Diem was designed to fit underneath every bridge in Amsterdam.

At 9 o’clock we were picked up by the kempenaar Harte Aas that would bring us to Rotterdam. Later that evening we arrived in the Merwede harbour.

 

Public transport in Belgium

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!

We had a good meal in the Restaurant De Fles in Amsterdam. Aboard we went to bed, since it would be a heavy day tomorrow!

Preparing for Amsterdam

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 the Frantsis, Escapade and the Hornblower, it seems like an easy job. Certainly when you are with two people to do the job.

Visiting a ship in Oosterhout

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. It was moored next to ship where there had been an explosion. So all the windows on one side were gone.

In the afternoon I worked on the Hornblower.

Registering Hornblower

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 to them. 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.