Category: Daily Life around the water

Tower Bridge mooring

1st January 2019 –  During this journey, I’m staying on a Luxe motor at Tower Bridge mooring. There are around 30 barges on that mooring, most of them ships built in Holland. There are a few rare and very nice examples of older ship types that we barely see in Holland anymore.

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.

Traditionele Schepenbeurs Den Helder

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…

Terra Nova dag

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.

Trying to fix the engine of the neighbour

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….

Lekkodagen

29th September 2018 – I went to the Lekkodagen in Wijk-bij-Duurstede, a small event in a small town. It is probably one of the best events I went to this year. Free parking next to the event, free toilets, making a trip on a steamtug for only 5 EURO, ….

The steamtug was Jan de Sterke, being handled by a friendly crew. I had the chance of standing in the engine room during the trip.

Some people were selling old equipment and spare parts on their deck. I found stuf for the Watergeus and Tordino.

It was a great day!

Visiting a museum in Ihlow

15th September 2018 – Two years ago, I was in Ihlow to pick up a friend’s barge. There was a museum, but it wasn’t open.

Today I drove over 1200km to visit the museum. It was worth it! A big collection of models, documents and objects. It was a mixture of inland shipping, passenger ships, tugs and Navy vessels. I spent more then two hours watching most of it. I should go back to see it a second time.

There were no boats at the yard, so I decided to call the new owner of the Aquarel to see if they were around in Amsterdam. I had to drive there to get back anyway….

Taping pictures on Tordino and working on the engine

4th September 2018 – I’ve started on Tordino, taping the frames. Later in the evening, I drove to Aalter to help with my neighbours. A diver came to check the cooling unit under the water line of the ship. Everything was clean; a bit of a disappointment. Now we have no idea what might cause the engine not to cool down. The only thing left might be a broken pump….

To be continued, somewhere next week.

Another bit of this and that….

3rd September 2018 – The plan was to finish Tordino for Open Monumentendag. The object I got last weekend were mounted. Behind some paintings I put tape to make sure they wouldn’t loose if another idiot of a skipper is running with waves behind his ship.

 

Later that evening I went back to my neighbour who was still in Aalter. We tried some more, but there is still no water coming out of the engine. We decided: no water = no sailing. We will call a diver for tomorrow.