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Andrew Sadler

'Helena' & 'Op Hoop van Zegen'
I've been reading WoodenBoat for years and RudderPosts since you started the blog. This post has me reaching for the keyboard for the first time.
A British ship's carpenter, I live with my wife and daughter [and ship's dog 'Polo'] aboard a 1916 Dutch motor barge in Groningen in the North of Holland. I spent a remarkable 18 months as part of the restauration crew on the 'Helena' project, learning new skills and honing existing ones. As almost all Dutch barges are steel hulled I had never expected to read about anything connected to my own work in your pages, though there is plenty of woodwork to be found aboard, especially on the 'Helena' with her wooden superstructure, masts, leeboards, rudder, tiller and even Azobé mooring bitts.
You also visited the wharf in Workum where our barge, 'Op Hoop van Zegen', was built in 1916 by Ulbe Zwolsman, one of the names carved on that sign. Our barge must have been one of the first vessels built there in steel and is an early example of the Dutch motor barge, built with a big 35 horsepower single cylinder semi-diesel 'Kromhout' engine.
Keep the RudderPosts coming and I'll keep reading them.

Andrew Sadler - www.scheepstimmermangroningen.nl

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