A man stopped to chat to me and seemed surprised that I loved watching the 'big boys' going by. I explained we had a boat in the harbour and that this was my world. He nodded and smiled; I think he understood. We carried on chatting for a while and he told me that on the 24th of December, the biggest freighter in the world would be passing Terneuzen on the Westerschelde on its way to Antwerp for repairs. It's 400 metres long, 70 metres wide and 17 metres deep. Just think about that for a moment. He suggested I might like to see it...would I ever? The date is noted in my diary with brighter colours than Christmas.
Meanwhile, on a slightly smaller scale, the photos below are a random collection of shipping moments I've captured at various times. Four of them are on the Gent-Terneuzen Canal, but the others are elsewhere, and perhaps they give you a glimpse into and an idea of what I love to see.
I would never be permanently content with waterways that only cater for pleasure craft. This commercial traffic has the vibrancy of real life and I revel in it. Maybe you can see why.
|At Sas van Gent|
|A tug heading out into the Westerschelde at Terneuzen|
|A tanker on the Gent-Terneuzen Canal|
|Professional craft at Terneuzen|
|A container barge on the Juliana Canal in Limburg|
|One of the regulars on the Gent-Terneuzen Canal, this time from|
the Hennie H.
Have a lovely week allemaal and I hope I'll have more to say about our progress next time.