Category: Daily Life around the water
7th April 2019 – In the morning, I went to the Binnenvaartmuseum in Dordrecht. While I was in the area I went shopping with my mother. In a few second hand shops I found some nice stuff for my museum.
10th March 2019 – A day to remember, at lunch time, my neighbours in Beernem called me. The boats were a bit loose because of the wind. On arrival I noticed the wheelhouse of the first boat was gone including some hatches.
In the evening when I was on the Watergeus, a few flower pots were gone, nothing special.
23rd February 2019 – I went to Wijk-Bij-Duurstede, had a meeting and made a drive around, took some pictures and went to Zelzate to the Arma.
2nd February 2019 – We went to Dordrecht. A visit to the museum in the morning and a a tour in the museum harbour in the afternoon. Sadly enough the weather wasn’t on our side.
19th January 2019 – We had our annual New year’s drink on the Terra Nova. She is moored in Vreeswijk, near Utrecht. It was a great afternoon. A person gave a nice overview of the steam paddle ships on the river Lek.
7th January 2019 – We had our annual New Year’s drink with the boat people. The weather wasn’t right, and a lot of people didn’t show up. Nevertheless, we kept it going till midnight.
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.
11th November 2018 – Slightly ill, I decided to go Den Helder. It is one of the last nautical events this year. I was a bit disappointing, since I have the feeling it has become more of a antique shop then about people who are working with historical boats.
In the afternoon, there was a lecture about the European Certificate for barges. Very interesting.
On the way back, I knew it was game over. I was becoming more badly ill…
13th October 2018 – Some more sleep would have been better, but I didn’t want to miss the Terra Nova Dag in Maassluis.
Besides being aboard on Hollands nicest Luxe motor, I went to visit the tugs Hudson and Furie. Maassluis is a small harbour with several tugs open to the public. In the old town hall is a museum about the Dutch towage history. I was short in time, but it was very interesting to see. Everything is run by volunteers and this makes it even more valuable.
We had a good meal aboard the Terra Nova before heading home. A nice and successful day!
Pictures of both tugs will follow when I’m back from the yard.
7th October 2018 – The Watergeus is not the only ship that needs to get to the yard. My neighbour in Beernem tried getting to the yard at the beginning of September, but had some cooling issues with the engine.
We had a second look today, but with no success. At least we know how the pumps work, but we didn’t manage to get enough air into the bottles.
If only we could turn this factory into a maritime museum. So many levels, so much space….
3rd October 2018 – Thinking on how I will rebuild my interior of the Watergeus, in case I have to break it down at the yard, I started looking at some pictures. I’m always thinking the wost possible scenario, so I can relax later if it would go right…
While searching for pictures, I couldn’t resist sharing a nice interior of the Neeltje Jantje: