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July 10, 2017

Things Are Not Just As They Seem…

Filed under: Flevoland,PHOTOGRAPHY,Schokland,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When I next saw a little building on the island of Schokland, I just thought “historial building”, but then I read the information board and I must say, got rather a surprise.

This building has a name and is called ” de ijsloper” which translates as the “ice walker“.  Ice walker? The information board explains:

This wooden shed which has been a national monument since 2002 is one of the oldest buildings on Schotland.

It dates back to the 19th century and when Scokland was still an island it housed the icewalker. 

Inside spikes, ” pieken” (I couldn’t translate this word, but these are sticks with sharp points to propel yourself forward on the ice. A bit like an ice axe but long with sharp points), oars, masts and sail ropes, ice saws and axes, lanterns and sleds were stored here.

The icewalker (ice boat) was a boat especially made to go over the ice.  The skids were constructed under the icewalker, so when during severe winters the Zuiderzee was frozen over, so this boat was used to keep in touch with the mainland.  The icewalker was special iceboat with ropes a number of men could pull the boat over the ice, From Scokland one could reach Kampen this way to get food and mail. There is no need to explain that these trips were often extremely cold and dangerous, taking more than a few days.

So apparently it’s more than just shoes that get ice blades in historic Netherlands, and that boats can even go over frozen ice as well as though liquid water.  A boat is not always just a boat. It just proves that things are not always as they seem.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

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