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Gravesend – Memories…

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.

Tordino – Managing the Library

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.


Tordino – Dead batteries

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…

Tordino – Adding a few nice models

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.

Watergeus – Cutting fuel tank

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.

Watergeus – Cleaning an old storage space

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.