Apprentice boatman, boatbuilder, historic carpenter
From 1995 until 1997 I worked as an apprentice boatman on traditional sailing flat-bottom barges on Dutch inland waters. In summer I was sailing, in winter I was studying at the naval college towards my boatman and radio licence. I made a lot of photos of this time which you can find on my imagery page.
From 1997 until end 1998 I worked as an apprentice boatbuilder at the Batavia Wharf in Lelystad. I worked on the replica of the 17th century war ship ‘The Seven Provinces‘ and the replica of the Dutch East India ship ‘Batavia‘ for which I personally build all the rigging which was used when this ship sailed at the Sail 2000 event at the Australian Olympic Games.
Then I worked briefly as a historic carpenters apprentice at the historic mill ‘Kyk over den dyck‘ in Dordrecht, and did some independent carpentry projects on a yacht and others. Photo’s of my work in the below gallery, with some background.
‘The 7 Provinces’
Was a Dutch ship of the line, originally armed with 80 guns. The name of the ship refers to the seven autonomous provinces that made up the Dutch Republic in the 17th century. The vessel was built in 1664-65 for the Admiralty of de Maze in Rotterdam by the master shipbuilder Salomon Jansz van den Tempel.
VOC Ship ‘Batavia’
Was a ship of the Dutch East India Company. Built in Amsterdam in 1628 as the company’s new flagship, she sailed that year on her maiden voyage for Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies.
On 4 June 1629, the Batavia wrecked on the Houtman Abrolhos, a chain of small islands off the coast of Western Australia.
This is all the independent wood work I have done, some restorative work on a classic sailing yacht, some work for myself etc.