July 2006


I am off for vacation, so to pass the coming weeks, a few great pictures I took this winter. Many people wonder: what happens to all those Gezonken Bootjes featured on this site. Well, once in a while, the agency responsible for the canals of Amsterdam, called Binnenwaterbeheer, lifts all wrecks, takes them to a secret location and destroys them. One day I caught Binnenwaterbeheer in the act of removing some fine gezonken bootjes. What a shame. This is Part I, more to follow in the coming weeks.

The orange ship is Binnenwaterbeheer, just behind it the barge the gezonken bootjes get dumped into

where: Herengracht @ Reguliersgracht

See Mokum by surfing

where: Hugo de Grootgracht

Now is this: a) the remnants of a party, b) an abandoned coot’s nest or c) nothing of the above, this is how all Amsterdam canals look…

where: Lijnbaansgracht

This one is on the list I blogged about two days ago

where: Lijnbaansgracht

Binnenwaterbeheer Amsterdam, the agency that wants to rid Amsterdam of sunken boats, has published it’s monthly (or so) list of wrecks. Some of them are featured here. Boat owners get untill July 11 to rescue their gezonken bootje. If not: it’s the scrapyard for them.

This ‘gezonken bootje’ demonstrates why the city dislikes them so much. The chain and rope that keep this boat from sinking are pulling on the young tree, which is probably going to get damaged.

where: Haarlemmervaart

The coast of the Atlantic in the Western Sahara, in the LaĆ¢youne-Boujdour region, is littered with beautiful rusting shipwrecks like these. Nobody has any inclination to get rid of them.

where: Western Sahara, near Tarfaya