One of the things we took for granted when I was a kid was the tak- tak- tak- tak- tak of barges on the way to deliver their freight somewhere in our country, latticed with waterways. It was a matter of a few years before the lorries took over, and the only answer of skippers was to go bigger and bigger.
Alle and Marja, fellow harbour dwellers, own an impeccably restored barge that is still equipped with one of those slow-revving hot-bulb Kromhout diesel engines.
They are smokey and noisy, but what a show stoppers these engines are as well.
Still it must be realised that the engine was not installed before 1926, after Verandering had been around for twenty years as a sailing barge.
Clicking on the image below takes you to a QuickTime movie of Verandering.
If you don't hear the engine I suggest you download a more recent version of QuickTime.
Anyone seeing a similarity to Pete Townshend's floating studio has a point, they are both of the tjalk type.