30th August 2023 – I didn’t know what to expect from someone selling decoration from fishermen. Behind some items, I noticed a wooden plank, a name sign of a spits barge. I made an offer and now it is in Tordino, part of our collection!
Month: August 2023
26th August 2023 – We made a small walk in the harbour of Ostend. Took a few shots of the remaining fishing fleet….
26th August 2023 – I unloaded the insulation and some tools. I don’t have to much space to work, so I will only bring what I need at the time I need it.
Sanding down the car crane. The crane is aboard since the 90’s. By removing the paint, I could find back the white colour and the several types of yellow before I put a coat of red primer onto it a couple of years ago. Now it was dark brown, but we are bringing it back to bare metal so I can put 2component paint on it.
Sadly enough the weather was unreliable and we had to stop early.
The rest of the day was spent guiding visitors and scanning photos.
26th August 2023 – I was just to late to have a clean shot of the barge Neophyte
24th August 2023 – There was a big pontoon with a pusher heading our way. It was the pusher M&M.
23rd August 2023 – A spits barge I haven’t seen around here, the VIOS. It was heading to Nieuwpoort.
23rd August 2023 – Just got some insulation today for the extension of the Library. It is not enough, but I had no more room in the van. I will at least be able to alreaady insulate one of the four walls.
In the evening I continued scanning photos for the Library.
22nd August 2023 – The Stern is back alongside Tordino.
20th August 2023 – The Terra Nova serves as an example to me. It is a perfect maintained ship with a nice set of colours. I used it for the Watergeus, Stern and Tordino. It are typical inland barge colours used in the Netherlands.
20th August 2023 – I was delighted and honored to have the Terra Nova alongside. The crew paid a visit to the museum and we had a great evening!
19th August 2023 – While cleaning Tordino, I noticed ta yacht being funny. A commercial barge was coming, it was the Rupeldam, built in 1957.
19th August 2023 – My mother cleaned starboard side of the ship, while I started cleaning port side with a high pressure machine. Most paint is in a bad condition. I tried unsuccessfully removing most of the flaky paint, but there is still a lot that will need sanding.
In the afternoon I mounted new flags in the mast and raised the front mast of the ship. I also secured the shore power connector that came loose yesterday.
19th August 2023 – I made a small trip with the Stern and moved her alongside my neighbour. A big ship will more alongside tomorrow and the Stern needed to go.
18th August 2023 – We started building a second entrance (or emergency exit). We didn’t finish it, as I hoped. We will continue in the beginning of September.
15th August 2023 – Since we will make a new entrance at the front of the ship, the tabernakels need to be empty. As I remembered they were supposed to be empty. Sadly enough not… I forgot to take picture when they were still filled, but now they are empty, or at least nearly…
Besides emptying them, I also secured one the electricity cables that came loose at the side of the ship.