Month: December 2018
29th December 2018 – I arrived earlyy in the morning a Gravesend. A friend has his barge in a Marina together with several other ships. Most of them are Dutch barges. In the corner of the dock was a bigger ship, the Albatros. It used to be a Luxe Motor in her early days. She was later converted for fishing at sea and became a houseboat through my friend Andy in London. After he passed away, I lost track on most of his ships.
25th December 2018 – I had a look at the Arma on the yard. Nearly no progress was made….
22nd December 2018 – Together wit my father we cut some wood for the frame in the bedroom. A quick job with the two of us.
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…
13th December 2018 – My neighbour and I just bought the Hornblower back from the previous owner. He wanted to scrap the vessel since he didn’t get a mooring for the ship.
We met at 7 o’clock in the evening, had a look around and made a deal. She will need a big cleanup, a rebuilt of the wheelhouse and a lot of paint.
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.
7th December 2018 – I had a phone call last week from the owner of the Hornblower. He wants to sell the boat.
The Hornblower is moored in Ghent. I went to have a look at the ship. She was in not such a good condition and a lot of work I’ve done was lost or badly damaged. a bit of a dissapointment.
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.