Zuider Zee Museum, Enkhuisen
During this week we have been berthed at the Zuiderzee museum and it has been a great place for the ship to be on display. This historical museum is in 2 parts, the open air museum and the indoor museum. The latter covers fishing, farming and shipping, while the former is set out as a Zuiderzee village from around the beginning of the 20th century. About 130 buildings have been brought in from all over the region and reconstructed as a working village. We are berthed right near the lime kilns and brickworks, with a view across to the shipyard, with a great collection of working traditional vessels. We get the smell of the smoke house drifting across sometimes, where they prepare smoked herrings and eels. We were presented with some of the herrings the other day and they are superb. A steam laundry belches steam out occasionally, with some big machinery pounding the dirt out of the clothes and the traditional houses and shops are clustered around a series of small canals. Staff in period dress are working all day, the cooper here has very kindly made some new barrels and buckets for the ship, and the sailmaker also has made us some new canvas work buckets. If the numbers visiting our ship are anything to go by, the whole place is very popular and it is not to be missed by anyone visiting this area. After some cooler weather and rain yesterday, we are back to the sunshine again today and the work aboard picks up momentum again. Tarring and oiling goes on, the sails are loosed to dry (trying to keep the old ones going as long as possible) and the new mizzen yard is getting closer to being a round spar. Even Tina, our champion shopkeeper, was sighted with a drawknife yesterday, helping Barney round it off. We stay here until Monday, when we head off to IJmuiden for the next stop on the tour.
Master - Duyfken