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another one from my first walkabout with my new camera, still trying to get used to it

This picture revisits a theme I posted on before: the old cranes along the Schelde river, near the old docks, just north of the city center and not far away from where the MAS museum is.

Below is my short history of the port of Antwerp...

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The name Antwerp comes from 'anda verpum', which refers to its position on the oustide of a bend in the river Scheldt.

In the 16th century Antwerp was the Europe's busiest port. Then it fell victim to a sectarian war, as a result of which the Low Countries were split in two and the port of Antwerp became blocked for centuries.

In the late 18th century Napoleon saw the port of Antwerp as "a revolver aimed at the heart of England" and brought the harbour back to life.

Of course, it was he himself who was defeated some time later...but his efforts proved to be enough for Antwerp to reclaim its position as a world harbour.

Since then the natural curves of the river Scheldt have been straightened (ouch!) for bigger ships to dock. And, as the harbour became bigger, it left the city and moved north towards the Dutch border.

Remnants of the old port are still visible in and near the old town, including some old cranes. I guess they belong to the city museum, or maybe they just got left behind.

Sad old monsters...

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song title reference: Anvil

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