Month: October 2020
25th October 2020 – I spent most of the morning welding and painting the framework for the skylight of Tordino.
24th October 2020 – The second box for the lights was mounted in the early morning. Tordino is starting to look better and better every day.
Later I went shopping, buying a metal sheet for the frame of the wooden skylight my mother is restoring. With one sheet, a few metal strips and hours of welding, I got very far today!
23rd October 2020 – The skylight for Tordino is nearly ready
I mounted the first of two boxes for the navigation lights. They are not mandatory, but it looks more traditional. The boxes came from the Arma where I salvaged them two years ago.
My mother and I cleaned the roof of the living room and kitchen. Most of the green paint is coming loose. A job for next year. I mounted a nice bench in hard wood. Fits with the new style of the ship.
In the afternoon, we changed the Library, creating more space.
21st October 2020 – Planning is everything. Yesterday I planned to finish the ceiling, today I wanted to put t&g against the walls. What did I do, something totally different, mounting the last porthole. At least, I have no more metal work at the moment.
20th October 2020 – Every evening, I try to add a few more documents of objects to the Adlib Inventory of Museumschip Tordino. Winter is the perfect time for this. Outside it is dark and cold, inside warm and cosy. Scanning documents and adding them to a database while some music is playing.
20th October 2020 – The sky wasn’t looking good and they are predicting a lot of rain tomorrow. To make sure a minimum of water is coming in, I sealed the windows from the outside. Let’s hope this is enough.
I also went buying a pack of wood for finishing the frame around the porthole. It was a job that took me some time. I had many more plans for the evening, but only got that far…
19th October 2020 – Just mounted a porthole, did some cleaning and started sorting out my tools. It is a very small boat, next Saturday my other windows will be delivered and I have no access to the frames at the moment. I really hope everything will be sealed before the winter starts.
One thing is for sure, working with windows in the wheelhouse is much nicer. You don’t live in a black box, you see what is happening outside. It is motivating me more to work in the evening again on this project.
18th October 2020 – I started early in the morning cleaning the wheelhouse. Cutting with a saw in metal makes more dus then expected. It became sticky because of the cutting oil as well.
In the afternoon, I fixed an issue with one one window. Two more to go. The supports for the VHF antennas were mounted, so was the horn. It is starting to look like a real ship!
18th September 2020 – Last week I received a big skylight. It will serve on Tordino to replace the 70’s looking plastic skylight. A traditional wooden one is looking much better and since Tordino is now recognised as a historical ship in Flanders as well, I want to let it look good.
Like with all things you get for free, there is a lot of work that needs doing.
17th October 2020 – A day with no rain, so it was predicted. I started cutting the first hole for a window, then a friend came with some other friends and after lunchtime, I managed to continue.
Shortly after lunch time, it started raining causing me to work a little quicker. All windows are mounted, two of them needs some adjustment.
15th October 2020 – I went shopping early in the morning, getting the right blades and some metal to make some ribs for the wheelhouse. In the evening, I cut the remaining bit for the window.
It looks so much different now. Having proper light coming in from two sides now. Two more to go.
11th October 2020 – I made a template for the windows and made some measures on the side of the wheelhouse. Measure twice, cut once was a good advice I once got from Andy!
9Th October 2020 – The amount of books in the Library is growing. Every year I add some more bookshelves for the Library but their is no more space. I already removed the workshop behind the library and added cupboards. Now I added some more in the Library space itself, making it even more harder for people to sit. Not a good idea during the covid-19 period, but I have no other options.
In the afternoon the furniture was mounted while my mother continued cleaning and restoring the old models we received two months ago.