29th November 2020 – I had a quick check and the charger is holding it. In the meantime while I was there, I did some measuring of the new entrance and I’m getting there how to build it. It is difficult how to make a nice entrance and and still let it look traditional.
Category: MS Tordino
28th November 2020 – I already noticed late in the afternoon I had no AIS signal so there was no power aboard. When I checked the engine room it was not the mains power but the charger that is broken, a very expensive one… It lasted over ten years, so I can’t complain.
I used another charger to keep my ship alife since all my equipment is running of the inverter aboard..
31st October 2020 – The last day in Belgium before the lockdown. Thankfully the DIY shops will remain open. In the early morning I went to a cheap tools shop that is closing tomorrow. I was there at 8:30 and the shop opens at 9:00. There was already a massive queue of people waiting. I bought some paint for the Stern, screws and tools.. I lowered it by 11 centimeters. It still looks high, but the difference in colour makes it look strange. Once painted, I hope it will be better.
Then I started looking at the wheelhouse. It needs a lot of maintenance as well. I was surprised to see how quickly Tordino is deteriorating. Next weekend, I will continue to work aboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4th October 2020 – Such a sad weather, I was aboard Tordino scanning the covers of books and magazines. When I had some time left, I took pictures of the objects. In the late afternoon, I cleaned my living space, started the engines and did a checkup of the ship.
3rd October 2020 – Unloading the car and lowering the objects took most of the morning. Most of the objects already found a nice place aboard Tordino.
2nd October 2020 – The Scheepvaartmuseum in Groningen is changing courses and they are removing some items from their collection. I had the chance to pick up some items in Leeuwarden. On the way back I had some issues with the car, which made me choose to drive straight home instead of taking pictures in the villages around Leeuwarden.
27th September 2020 – In between thinking of solutions for the Stern, I continued scanning book covers for the Erfgoed in Zicht Library. I have over a thousand of books and more then three thousand magazines that need to be scanned.
25th September 2020 – Tordino was secured in the evening, lowering the mast, taking one inside and tightening the lorry for the hatches. The rope of the blueboard had already snapped, so I put a new one on.