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Friday
Nov082013

BARGE SCROLL WORK

We haven't come across that many barges with this kind of design on the bow.  We were told by the owner of a Dutch shipyard up in Harlingen, Holland, that he could tell immediately that this meant our barge was built in Roman Catholic Holland, as the Protestants would never have put such "frippery" on their working boats.  We've painted the bow several times now, carefully tracing this scrollwork like the many people who've painted Nooit Volmaakt before us.  The star on the bow is from the days of old when the Dutch were proud to indicate that their barge was mortgage free. 

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