Tordino – Cleaning the engine room of the bowthruster

21st September 2019 – One of the dirtiest places aboard Tordino is the front engine room. I cleaned it out at the yard when they had to do some welding. After the issue of leakage at the yard, it was pumped with water to find the leak. Once empty it remained dirty.  I had an old barrel with oil from the bilges aboard, old dirty tools and stuff from previous owners. It all had to go!

Half of the engine floor was still on deck from last year.

Tordino – Unloading some stuff

17th September 2019 – I unloaded the stuff I got from the Festina Lente. At some point I had to call a friend. The chimney was to heavy and it got stuck on a few wooden planks.

While waiting for him to arrived, I greased the lorry for the hatches.

 

Watergeus – Painting

15th September 2019 – The den and front cabin got a second coat of paint. I put some order on my deck and put the propellers back on the roof of the bathroom. One of them was slightly to heavy and I had to use my crane. Never underestimate the luxury of having a crane aboard your ship!

On starboard side, I removed a metal strip so the water could easier get of the ship. I did the same thing on port side last year.

The little boat on my deck was cleaned and I moved some old plates and put them under the hatches. All small things that make my ship looking better again.

Tordino – Open Monumentendag

8th September 2019 – There were 198 visitors on the event Open Monumentendag aboard Tordino. A good result.  The people who came were really interested, asked questions and told their own stories. At the end of the evening, I was exhausted and happy to close the hatches….

Tordino – 4 Vaargetijden alongside

3rd September 2019 – I had two meetings aboard the Tordino concerning heritage and  cooperation on projects. While waiting the cruise vessel 4 Vaargetijden came alongside. They were surprised I didn’t do difficult them mooring alongside.  I explained them I was a museum and not just a houseboat. They understood me…

Tordino – Electricity

2nd September 2019 – On Friday, we will install new fuse boxes on Tordino. The old electricity is working, but unreliable. The back accommodation nearly has no 220v power, or it runs from inverters. I pulled a cable from the bow thruster area to the back accommodation.

In the evening I continued with the computers aboard. I’m getting short in time, so I just mounted them as quick as possible.

Tordino – Some stress

1st September 2019 – IT is my business, but my attitude of “I’ll make it” is not really working. I still  have a lot to do for Open Monumentendag and my whole week is fully packed.

Besides working with the computers and preparing the videos, I also had other items to finish. Plenty of new objects were placed aboard. They hadn’t been labelled, so this was also done today.

The flags in the mast lasted a supper, time to replace them and to mount the Open Monumentendag flag as well!

Tordino – Picking up a model, books and a decoration of a rudder

31st August 2019 – I drove to Leidendorp to have a good chat with an old skipper. He was selling a model of a ship similar to Tordino and promised me to make another one next year.

In the afternoon I drove to Sluiskil were some friends had their ship. It was a nice afternoon. They had collected some stuff for me in the last couple of years. It was time to meet them again.

On the way home I stopped at some old friends, but nobody was home.

Tordino – Open Monumentendag coming closer

28th August 2019 – Open Monumentendag is coming closer. The Library is still filled up with books and computers for the event. Most of it is now sorted out.

I made some more space at the front of the ship, where a part of the archives are stored. Two weeks ago I bought some archive cupboards for and temporary put them in the back accommodation. I will move them over the weekend.