'Maria del Mar'
As you’ll understand we regularly meet ships that attract one’s attention. Like our neighbour ‘Maria del Mar’ – in mint condition…
…or this one, named ‘De Strijd’ (The Struggle (battle, combat, fight if you like)) built in 1897…
…as a rigged Klipper(???) and equally well maintained. As always we love its ‘zeeg’ (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeeg - only in Dutch).
We finished (not: finished off) the Julianakanaal at Maasbracht, crossed the river Maas and entered the Kanaal Wessem-Nederweert. After just a few hundred meters we left the canal and cruised onto a large lake, called ‘Polderveld’ for an overnight stop. We are seen here at one of its not-attached-to-the-shore pontoons, looking towards the rear...
…of our little ship and looking towards her front, as a ‘prove’ of our obligation to dive and swim in case of an emergency. The spot was great, though the noise of the A2 motorway was noticeable because of the actual direction of the wind. Nevertheless we slept ‘like an ox’ after almost 6,5 hours of cruising, three locks included.
The mouse and...
The next day, Friday the 12th, we left at 8:54AM, ascended the impressive Panheel-lock, completed the canal and entered the (Dutch) Zuid-Willemsvaart, followed by descending its locks 13, 12, 11 and 10. Based upon information given by fellow boaters we entered a disused arm of the canal at Helmond. Our Dutch waterways guide also states that there’s room to moor for pleasure-boats in front of lock 9. Almost the entire space 'for...
...pleasure-boats’ proved to be occupied by two large commercials. Initially we moored (illegally) behind them but, after discovering there was some room left, later on in front of them. We are a bit dwarfed here by the other two, each of them around 60/70 meters (200/230 feet) long. The second picture illustrates the difference in size and shows lock number 9 in the distance. There’s still some room in front of us, say around 75 meters (250 feet).
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)