Moored as houseboat in Dokkum ...
... period 1968 till 2005 ...In the late sixties increasingly bigger cargo vessels ensure that the smaller models have been displaced. There was a rescue plan and many skippers were able to finish their operation. During this time, many ships disappeared and ended up in the scrap. Due to the prevailing housing shortage some have been converted into barges. In the early seventies, developed the "brown Zeilvaart" which in turn kept many ships to end on a ship graveyard. The ships of our family were not in the restructuring scheme, the Skûtsje becomes a sailing yacht and the other two have been converted into living barges. The Stevenaak Aaltje was not sold, no one saw something special in the model (Later the line plan was much appreciated), so my parents have kept the ship and converted into living ship. I experienced my childhood and youth on the ship and preserved valuable memories of that time. My father drew from time to time the sail plan of a Stevenaak on the back of old cigar boxes and he often showed me traces of the past in the old hull. This made such an impression on me that I decided, if my parents should ever sell the ship, to buy it and convert it back to a sailing ship.
Stevenaak AALTJE ENGELINA as living barge AALTJE moored on Hellingpad in Dokkum
Photos living barge Aaltje
The following pictures give an impression of the time of Stevenaak Aaltje as houseboat.