Author: frederic

Boat stuck on the side of the canal

8th January 2022: A barge was stuck on the side of the Canal. Heavy winds blew the ship to the side. The sides are very shallow and full of rocks and bricks. 

We tried pulling her out with our vlet, but this was not successful. A tractor came to help and we pulled the ship of the rocks. Sadly enough, the wind blew the ship back on it. Since water was still dropping in the canal, we gave up and went home.


Tordino – Small jobs and plans

7th January 2022 – The first repair of this year is done. The door handle of the museum broke. I managed to fix it, but is a temporary solution.  Some more temperature and humidity registration tools were mounted in the museum. 

Behind the library was a workshop. I’m using it as a depot, but this is the only part aboard that is not insulated. Between nice objects, I also keep my spare tools in this room. The idea is to clean it up, put some proper cupboard and use it as an extension to the library. 

Tordino – New model for the museum

29th December 2021 – I drove to Rotterdam to pick up a model of a groentenschuit. This is a smaller version of the Hornblower, a vlet that was used in canals to transport vegetables and fruit. The person who restored it gave me a second model of a ship, very similar to the SL.7 Jannetje, later known as my ‘Op Hoop van Zegen’. Two nice models for the collection!

Tordino – Website renewal

28th December 2021 – While I have a few days off, I wanted to work on Tordino but weather doesn’t allow me to do so. Therefore I made a decision to start working on the website of the museum. It had an update two years ago, but the content is outdated and no longer attractive.


Winter blues

4th December 2021 – The weather isn’t right, a lot of rain and wind. The canal needs continues to be low for the water. I’m glad I have my new sofa and some time to read books. Working on the boats isn’t possible at all.  On the other hand, I’ve done enough this year!

Tordino – Installing an electric heather

25th November 2021 – An electric heather is installed in the bedroom downstairs. It is a 1000W element, not big but enough to heat the whole room but enough to make it warm and to remove any possible humidity.

I’ve chosen for a more expensive one since I’m extremely happy with the one installed in the Stern last month! I need to rely on it when I’m not aboard as well.


In the evening I continued hanging Christmas decoration. If the weather allows it and the packages arrive in time, I will hang some more lights tomorrow.

Tordino – Christmas decoration

20th November 2021 – When I was younger I always put a Christmas three on my ship. The last couple of years, I had no time or interest in putting one. This year is no difference, until my neighbour convinced me, and she did it already months ago, to put one. So today I started….

Tordino – Library

15th November 2021 – A perfect gray cold day for working in the Library. I scanned some books and brochures, did a clean up of of one of the tables and sorted many books. Happy with the result, but nobody else will notice any difference….

I am still waiting for the special vintage light bulbs to arrive, so I mounted a few cheap ones to have enough light for working….