April 9, 2010



It is a matter of fact that the majority of historic buildings, ships and other items, which have survived intact, have done so largely because they have been put to good use, even in recent years and even when that use is very different from the original. The inescapable fact is that continued use ensures that these treasures receive the funding and upkeep they require and deserve.

This was recognised more than 80 years ago by architects in respect of buildings.  At the same time, they realised that it was important that any new usage did not destroy the very thing its curators were trying to save, whether by misuse or modification. To this end, an international group of architects and museum technicians drew up a code of best practice and published it in 1931 as the ATHENS CHARTER. This was subsequently reviewed and improved in 1964 when it was re-issued as the VENICE CHARTER.

Both Charters provided guidelines for those in charge of historic buildings how best to ensure their preservation for the future. The adoption of these guidelines has helped them to gain public support, not only in funding but also in tax concessions and other preferential treatment.  Furthermore, the Charters’ principles have influenced most of today’s European laws on the protection of monuments.

For some time, the owners of traditional vessels and historians working in the field of maritime history have sought public recognition that adherence to traditional designs and methods of operation are undertaken, not for personal convenience, but in the public interest, i.e. the preservation of our maritime heritage.  Hopefully such recognition should be reflected in exemption from draconian or superfluous safety measures as well as in public grant-funding or concessions from harbour, navigation or tax authorities



Main Engine Revision

August 31, 2008

After we removed the main engine from the ship we transported her to Constanta and having her there revised. Mr. Martin of [] offered his generous help and his professional crew will repair the engine after which she will be as new. Mr. Martin and his wife Mrs. Martin sailed with the Grethe Witting and were visibly impressed by her performance and beauty.  When we approached him to help us with the revision of the main engine he did not hesitate and offered immediately his crew to help.

The damage to the engine was significant. The main axel needed to be aligned and one cylinder needed to be replaced entirely. In fact all cylinders were totally revised, the fuel pump was taken apart and all the valves replaced. In fact the engine now is as new. 

We placed her back in the ship with help of Mr. Martin his maintenance crew and a crane of a Turkish constructor that makes a cement terminal in Port Mangalia.

On 31-08-2008 we moved the ship to the new passenger quay in Mangalia with permission of the Capitanie and help of Fane and his tug.

Problems in Bulgarian Waters

August 27, 2008