Category: MS Tordino - page 13

Tordino – Working on the replica den

12th August 2017 – The construction for the old den of a ship with wooden hatches continued. I now put the plywood on. Once this is painted, I can build the supports. Inside the corridor to the toilets, wood work is finished as well. I don’t want to count how many packages of t&g I already used on this ship.





Tordino – Entrance finished

10th August 2017 – I finished the entrance of the ship and the stairway. This is now ready for painting.

One of the fixed items in the hold are a few old hatches. They are heavy and I had to cut them the right size. From my previous ship, the Aquarel, I had a few supports for the hatches left. They are are metal, so I had to cut them the right length. It took me most of the day to move it around, measure and get it in the right position. Working with wooden hatches must have been a hard life in the early days!

Tordino – Getting ship models from Amsterdam

2nd August 2017 – Besides working on the Tordino, I also need to work on the collection and what will eventually be shown in the museum once it is finished. I drove to Amsterdam to pick up a few boat models.

While I was there, I visited a close friend. I hadn’t seen her for ages. We had a good meal, a walk in the Vondelpark and then I had to drive back… It was already to dark to drive through Amsterdam City to take pictures of the houseboats. Will be for another time.

Tordino – Working in the wheelhouse

30th July 2017 – I am surprised to see how much wood you need for a conversion. It is not my first project and I should know better… Most local shops ran out of t&g, so I had to drive a bit further now to get some more.

We are getting there. Another project is the wheelhouse. A few months ago, I started rebuilding her. The wheel was in, but that was it… Now I redid the other wall, built a bench and made room for an old coal fire.

The freshly painted blue board was lifted back in position.

Tordino – Heavy doors!

23rd July 2017 – When a neighbour started rebuilding his ship, I bought three doors of him. It are small doors, but I can’t lift them. They are hard wooden doors with bronze fittings. I think it are old cabin doors from a ferry or a pilot vessel.

The door will be the entrance to the hold. It is a rather small door, but once you enter the hold, you are supposed to have an surprising effect of the size of the ship. Or at least, this is the feeling I want to create.

Tordino – Grandfather’s furniture

22nd July 2017 – There was some furniture from my grandfather stored in an old house in Bruges. Time to pick it up. I will use the desk for the visitors who want to do research in the Library room.

My parents did some painting in ht hold, while I continued with my t&g.

Tordino – Continuing with the entrance

10th July 2017 – Yesterday evening, I started thinking about the entrance and difference in height between the floor and the steps. Today I built a solid wooden frame around the support for the steps. In some way it is a shame I’m covering up the original floor, but I have some floor left from another ship, so it will look similar.

I built the frame for the wall of the entrance space. Once ready, it will hold the original steering wheel of one of the Westhinder lightvessels. This wheel was previously used aboard the Aquarel as decoration in the bar.

Tordino – Building the entrance platform

9th July 2017 – Still working in the office room, building walls.

The walls along the stairs were painted. they will be covered with an outside quality t&g, but a few coats of paint won’t harm…

I started with building a platform in front of the stairs. This will be the main entrance to the ship.