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    best regards Thijs

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      a harbinger???? of what will come.





      a little rain okay,but what we got was a trillion of little rain.
      but this was in the restaurant,so who cares,
      we cares,because they close and we had to go to the car.
      best regards Thijs

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        And that harbinger Thijs spoke of was certainly fulfilled - it just sheeted down as we made a run for it back to the car-park. But first we had to huddle under the meagre shelter by the paying machine while Thijs inserted the coins it demanded. That done we made another dash and scrambled into the car.
        The shipyard could probably have done with all that rain on the 13 October, 2008, when there was a very bad fire which destroyed the workshop, part of the restaurant, the shop and the sail loft. Thankfully De Zeven Provincie was unaffected and the Batavia, floating in the dock, was also unscathed. Following are a few photos of the rebuilt sail loft and some of its equipment, but the tragedy here was that 10 years of work had gone up in flames as all the sails made for the replica Batavia were destroyed. The workers had to begin all over again from scratch.


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        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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          Another shot of the smithy at the shipyard:


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          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            As I said further back, the Batavia shipyard is run as a training workshop for the long-term unemployed and for young people to help them find work. But it is a charity and, inevitably, funding is a problem. For lack of it the construction of De Zeven Provincien came to an end and fewer people are seen in the workshops.
            Here are a few shots of the latter:


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            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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              Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                In contrast, it doesn't look as if anything has been done in here for a long time!


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                Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                  So our visit to the Batavia Shipyard came to an end, and I felt so pleased that I had had the opportunity to see not only the replica Batavia but also the replica of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter's flagship, even though it was but half completed. In one go, this visit completed links to two entirely different stories for me. Thank you, Thijs.



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                  Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                    glad you liked it,i was more intresting for me as wel, that we spend the whole day there,instead a few hours.
                    best regards Thijs

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                      Today Ralf and Regina were driving over from Stuttgart to join us in Woudrichem. I looked out of my window and saw the dismal scene as the zalmschouw pulled in to the quay. No going out on the balcony to see what was passing this morning! Our friends would not arrive until the afternoon so I crossed my fingers and just hoped it would be blue skies by the time they arrived.


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                      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                        Well, my hopes were not fulfilled.
                        But I was in Woerkum, so I was happy. What Thijs and I did for the first hour or two I just cannot recall, except that we went to the ice-cream cafe and had a delicious helping. By then the skies were dull but it was no longer raining, so we sat outside and watched the world go by. Then I wanted to go to the museum as we had not visited it when I was in Woerkum previously. It told the tale of fishing in the town in past times and, having seen the zalmschouwen in Woerkum's historic port and also at the Dordt in Stoom Festival, examining the exhibits in the museum rounded out the picture for me. Mind you, they were not restricted to salmon fishing, not by any means!

                        First of all, some old maps. Peering at the town's name on each map it has a slightly different spelling each time. On this first one it seems to be Worcom, on the others it is Worchum and Worckum. The pronunciation was presumably much the same for all three and in fact in the present North Brabant dialect it is spelt Woerkum, as I have done above.



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                        In that last one the fortifications can be seen very clearly, and the little city still proves difficult to get in and out of if you are driving.
                        Ivy

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                        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                          A selection of shuttles and twine used to make the fishing nets:


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                          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                            a lot of ropes to choose from.




                            best regards Thijs

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                              Yes, there certainly was:


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                              Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                                And here are some of the hoop nets made. They are sometimes called eel nets, but I believe they were used to catch other fish as well.



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