Skûtsje De Gebroeders...
De Gebroeders was built in Heeg, Friesland in 1912. Its early life as a commercial freight barge would have been spent transporting cattle dung from Friesland to Southern Holland as fertiliser.
During this period it was a three-times winner of “Skûtsjesilen”, an annual racing match between the ancient Friesian boatbuilding towns, that today has become a major media event.
It was originally called Twee Gebroeders (Two Brothers). In 1972 it was renamed Water Vrouwe (Water Woman or Mermaid). The last owners renamed the boat De Gebroeders (The Brothers) and for ten years it operated as a charter vessel providing holidays afloat for victims of AIDS.
I purchased the vessel in Amsterdam in November 2005 and the following Easter sailed inland to Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast and then crossed the Channel to England.
In April 2008 I sailed accross the Channel again and lived in Belgium, with cruising in France and the Netherlands.
In 2013 we headed south through 262 locks to the Mediterranean. From there a very much coastal journey was made round the Spanish coast to Gibraltar, on past Cape Trafalgar and up the Rio Guadiana, the Portuguese-Spanish border.
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