Month: February 2018

Tordino – Building the first cabinet for the museum

25th February 2018 – Another cold day! Between the two supports that hold the roof, there was some space I wanted to use to publish the history of Tordino. I wanted to make a solid wall to give some more strength. While building this wall, I changed the design. It is now a half open cabinet for ship models and pictures or objects.

Tordino – Broken inverter – no heating

23rd February 2018 – When arriving on Tordino, Batteries were flat and the inverter was broken. I managed quickly to charge they batteries, but had to ask my neighbour the help me out with the heater. Thankfully it worked, otherwise I would have got some frost damage to pipes or engine!

Cold times!

22nd February 2018 – I’m holding my hart what will happen next week. If they are right about the temperatures, it will be very cold. I’ve ordered a heat wire for around the water pipes in the bowthruster area since there is no other heating option in that room. I’m sure the Watergeus is heathed enough.

Tordino – Back wall and painting

17th February 2018 – The wall is finished with t&g, so is the last wall. Now I only need to do one side of the wall near the wheelhouse and I’m finished with t&g! Looking forward to that moment.

My mother helped me out painting the ceiling in the old accommodation and a few walls in the hold. At least, there is now a coat of primer to protect the wood.

Tordino – Ceiling and painting

16th February 2018 – I finished the ceiling today, at least one length. The other side will be for later. I still need to build the frame to hold it. Therefore the wall needs to be finished with t&g first.
The result is a good looking roof and I’m satisfied. A lot of energy and planning went into the concept, but it feels good. You keep the lines of the hold and the height.

Tordino – Scanning

15th February 2018 – Besides using my time in converting a ship into a museum, I also need to look for content. This evening, I continued scanning old postcards for the Picture Library on the site.



Aquarel – Some welding

13th February 2015 – The hold will be divided into two areas. One is the exhibition space and the other one an extension to the back accommodation. I welded a metal support from one site to the other at a certain height from the bilges. The idea is not having to break down the wall when I’m at the yard and there has to be welded underneath.

My plan was to build a sliding door in the wall. It gives me more space and I have a nice door that could fit. It took me the rest of the day to built the framework for the door. It wasn’t that easy as it seemed…

Tordino – Wood delivery

10th February 2018 –  A beautiful day. The bowtruster started after, I had an issue with the starter motor last week. It is a dry day, just what I needed.

23 wooden beams of 6.10 meters long were delivered. They will become the ceiling of the hold. It took us some time to get them aboard.

Tordino – Getting a skylight

9th February 2018 – The old cabin wouldn’t look right if there was no skylight. I found one near Maaseik. It is some distance to drive to pick it up, but it was the right one. A round skylight is older and would fit better with the interior.