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November 25, 2019.
November 25, 2019.
Today also is going to be a cycling day. This time it is Oudeschild, located on the east side of the island, which is up for inspection. The weather is somewhat less than the previous days. It is cloudier, less sunny and therefore less warm. The last is fine. The previous days have been quite warm. It is nice to have a cooler day, especially when you´re cycling.
Oudeschild has lots of history, most of which is dating back to the seventeenth century. Many of the VOC ships left for the Dutch Indies from this port after having stocked up for supplies. It has the only usable port on the east side of the island. It is the port that harbors the Texel fleet of Noordzeekotters.
Oudeschild is a small hamlet and it´s main attraction is De Ruyterstraat. A picture of this street is the fourth one above this text. It is an avenue about a kilometer long with on both sides small fisherman houses with facades in old Dutch style. In De Ruyterstraat, close to the port, you can find the maritime and Jutters Museum Kaap Skill. It is part in-door and part open air museum. Kaap refers to a beacon for the shipping and Skill is the Texel name for the village. On the same picture above this text you can see the entrance of the museum on the left. It has a dark wooden facade.
The exhibition shows the importance of the island in during the “Golden Century”. Texel was very important place for shipping during the seventeenth and the eighteenth century. The exhibition shows a great many objects from these periods that have been recovered from the ocean. The collection also shows ships models, paintings, maps, maritime objects and nautical themes.
The open air museum contains fisherman houses, granaries, a blacksmith and a fish smoker. The “Jutterij” is filled to the brim with all sorts of objects that have been found on the beach.