I am now back in the place formerly known as New Amsterdam trying to sort out the sights of what is still the original Amsterdam and environs . . . from the Maas to Den Helder.  A little self-disclosure . . . because I was born when my parents were still learning basic English and therefore spoke Dutch before I started English in school, I still speak fluent but broken Dutch.  I also have lots of relatives in the Netherlands who indulge my interest in tugboats and other workboats.

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Watchstander on Mahu M880 is occupied by someone with a sense of humor.

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Radio Veronica has been transformed into an eatery as has

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REM Island.

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Live on the water and want to grow your own salads?

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No problem and you further insulate your home.

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The canals of Amsterdam and many other waterways in the country have floating housing, although this style of vessel–some built in the US after WW2–are NOT

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out of service.  Here binnenvaart boats service cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam and

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Rotterdam.

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Given the water in the Netherlands and old low bridges, tugboat technology and design evolved a unique set of vessels called

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Amsterdammers.

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Lara dates from

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1926.  DAF powers this vessel.

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Greta is just beautiful . .  or mooi, as my relatives would say.

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Telescoping portions of vessels can be seen everywhere like on Egalite,

 

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Bonheur.  Odin, formerly of the sixth bork and now permanently fixed in place, would have fit in nicely here.

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This river cruiser has a wheelhouse on a scissors jack, and this

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Seajacks Kraken defies all telescoping.

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Here and here are some articles about the brand-new Damen built Susie S, the first of at least three Windwave vessels I spotted.

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There’s so much moe to unpack, so let me leave it here . . . more Dutch invention and reinvention.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will soon head north with my red passport.

 

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