An icon leaving Ostend

11th August 2022 – Since I was a child, I’ve always known this ship to be in the port of Ostend. They towed it away and it will be taken out of the water in the next couple of days. I don’t know if many people will notice the ship is gone.  It is believed to be an old Mickey, an English minesweeper from during the second World War.

Tordino – Anchor

2nd August 2022 – My mother cleaned the front of the ship, namesigns and the canal side of the ship. That side urgently needs some attention!  I chipped the anchor on the front deck. An anchor I got from a neighbour, the same neighbour who later complained it was in front of the Watergeus. Well now it is aboard Tordino and it will remain there for a long period!

Tordino – Renewing the cables of the mast

31st July 2022 – I renewed the cables of the mast of Tordino. I believed one the cables had snapped, but it was a part of the bracket from the mast that broke. I just had enough stuff with me to solve this issue. So replacing cables took me nearly a day.

The weight of the LED lights is so heavy I had to strengthen the front of the mast a bit more. I can also use this part now for hanging some smaller flags.

I added some extra cables like I did on the Watergeus. Theoretical I can now double the amount of flags on the mast as long as it holds.

In the late afternoon I cleaned the front deck removing the old Christmas decoration, old ropes, fenders and other tools that came from the Watergeus or the Baron. It had become a bit of a storage space instead of a free deck. One cleared, I could sit on a chair and have a beer!

Tordino – Wheelhouse

27th July 2022 – I added two more hard wooden lists on the inside of the wheelhouse. Since they are glued, I can’t add any more. Once the glue is dry, I can add some more. The ship’s bell from the Watergeus is now mounted on the wheelhouse of Tordino. Something I was planning to do for a long time, but just didn’t find the time to do so…

Tordino – Sorting out photos

25th July 2022 – I have been taking pictures since I was 14 years old. The last couple of years, the amount of digital photos was growing steadily.  When I had the time to sort them out, I did it. Sadly enough, I lost the attitude of sorting out photos. Very free moment in the evening I’m trying to solve the issue of thousands of unsorted photos…