11th October 2018 – There is a chance the Arma will go to the yard tomorrow. I still had to tighten the shaft as it will be towed. The people working on the Arma took most expensive objects in safety and removed the railing around the ship and the gangways. Saved me a lot of time!
10th October 2018 – The tug Kobbe came alongside the Watergeus. It will be drydocked somewhere next week.
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….
7th October 2018 – I didn’t sleep at all! To many boats passing by, to many waves, to much shaking around. When I was back from Aalter, I started working on another content project for Museumschip Tordino. I didn’t have the energy for working aboard the Watergeus. Maybe tomorrow evening.
6th October 2018 – I was up way to early, but nervous as usual. Not like Tordino, the Watergeus is a ship that doesn’t move at all.
There were still a few ropes I had to undo. In Bruges, it is sadly enough often the habit of people to undo ropes for fun. Therefore most boats have enough ropes and a steel cable to make sure it doesnt’t happen.
The crew arrived at 6:30 and we left straight away. The first part took us 45 minutes since we had to go in reverse. One we were through the lock and the multiple bridges in Bruges, the journey went flewently. The plan was to keep the engine running under 1000 rotations a minute and so we did. The journey took 2 hours longer because of this, but there was no overheating the fuel consumption was 70 liters for the whole journey.
At the yard, I managed to get some shore power, so I’m living now with extensions leads from the bedroom to the bathroom… Something I will change are my lights. I must be able, when I have no 380v available, to use the lights aboard.
5th October 2018 – There was a list if things I had to do and things I forgot to do. Both lists were equal. Slightly panicing of what could go wrong, I realised I was less prepared then usual. Since my car was already at the yard, there were no other options then to be creative with my tools and equipment aboard the Watergeus.
3rd October 2018 – Yesterday evening, with the help of a friend, I managed to get one archive cabinet of the Watergeus into my van. This evening I unloaded it and put it on Tordino.
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:
1st October 2018 – To become a proper museum, objects need to be numbered. This is one of the many criteria I need to work on. I wrote a small application, now I still have to fill up the database with the objects, description, pictures, etc…
This evening, I managed to add 300 objects. I was surprised how many artifacts are visible aboard Museumschip Tordino. It will take some time to have everything written down……
1st October 2018 – The anchor winch is fully working now. I mounted the last break. Another item I can remove from my list.
30th September 2018 – I had to unload some objects for the museum. The weather was good, so I opened for the afternoon. Without any publicity, I had 18 visitors. Great!
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!
27th September 2018 – I just got the news the Watergeus will be dry-docked around the 15th October instead of next Monday. Nothing I can change, so I have another week of small stuff I can do aboard my ship.
24th September 2018 – The Watergeus hasn’t moved since a few years. Not very professional. I started undoing the ropes of one neighbour. Her boat is now attached to the wooden support of the canal. I did a small paint job in the engine room and sealed a forgotten hole in the bulkhead. The exhaust of the generator is now also insulated.
At the end of the evening, I welded a broken bracket on my anchor winch. All jobs I should have done in summer time…
22nd September 2018 – While my museum was open, I put some more stuff out for the visitors. My parents found some old Sailor equipment in their garage. I must have dropped it there years ago…. It is a nice addition to the collection.