Historical ships on the move

24th December 2011 – Friends called me they had seen some nice ships coming to Bruges. They recommended me taking the car and have a look at them, so I did.

It was a Steilsteven built in 1906 at the Boelwerf in Temse and a spits barge from 1893 built in Bruges. Both ships are restoration projects.

Water level

21st December 2011 – It has been raining for over a week. Water level has raised and lowered on different times. It has been a difference of nearly two meters between low and high water. This means we have to adjust our ropes nearly every day. When the water is on its highest point, rubbish that has been floating around gets stuck on the wooden supports on land. We need to clean this. If we don’t, it starts smelling badly!

Hornblower – Water tanks

3rd December 2011 – On Thursday I bought some sheets of steel for the engine room of the Hornblower. On Friday I went to Rotterdam for the water tanks and fittings.

Today I painted the bathroom.

Owning a boat also means driving around to collect some pieces. It is very hard to convert a boat without owning a car.

Stuck in Schiedam

20th November 2011 – It was to much fog to continue our journey. So I returned home in the afternoon after taking some pictures and talking with some local skippers. The skipper gave me his car. He will pick it up when he is in Bruges with his ship.

 

Leaving Amsterdam aboard the Carpe Diem

19th November 2011 – We left Amsterdam at 7 o’clock in the morning. The ship was moored in the Prinsengracht. After one hour we were near the Scheepvaartmuseum. I spent most of the time watching around and taking pictures. The Carpe Diem was designed to fit underneath every bridge in Amsterdam.

At 9 o’clock we were picked up by the kempenaar Harte Aas that would bring us to Rotterdam. Later that evening we arrived in the Merwede harbour.

 

Public transport in Belgium

18th November 2011 – Leaving early for Amsterdam doesn’t necessarily mean you get on time. Our train had two hours delay because of an accident. We decided to take the bus to Antwerp and then continue by train.

On arrival, we made a walk, the same we are planning to take tomorrow with the boat. It seems that every bridge is high enough to pass!

We had a good meal in the Restaurant De Fles in Amsterdam. Aboard we went to bed, since it would be a heavy day tomorrow!

Preparing for Amsterdam

17th November 2011 – Since we will have to move the boat before Monday, it needs a lot of preparation! This was done today. Since my experience with the Frantsis, Escapade and the Hornblower, it seems like an easy job. Certainly when you are with two people to do the job.