Ric’s Boats Team: How
did the idea of Ric's Boats arise? Erik
fact, everything starts to grow in the spring of 1968. Another way of life is in the air. You can feel the need to dust off the structures of society. I take a degree of Germanic Philology (with
three languages: English, German, Dutch.)at the University of Brussels. Excellent professors like Henry Plard and Jean Weisgerber are sources of inspiration. I become a lecturer at the Economic
Higher Education Institute for Hotel Management, Public Relations and Tourism in Brussels.
Boats Team: This facilitates the creation of an International Center…
my colleagues and students we open the Recreative
International Center, abbreviated RIC, at Vieux Marché aux grains –
Oude Graanmarkt, 1000 Brussels in March1973. Almost at the same time comes the idea of creating a meeting place
on boats. So Ric's Art Boat (first called RiverRic) and, some time
later, Ric's River Boat found their way to the Beco Dock, in the
neighbourhood of Tours and Taxis in the center of
In the seventies and for several years, we organizeexcursionswith
concerts on board, every Sunday. Captain of the Port, Mr Metdepenningen, accompanies us in his car for the opening of bridges, because navigation activities are closed on
Sundays. Jacques Mercier,anchorman of RTB, hosted one of these trips in 1974. Karen Cheryl,singers of “The
(Killi Killi Watch), the “Two
Man Sounds” etc
join Ric's Art Boat. Many journalists
accompany the excursions ex La Dernière Heure
Ric’s Boats Team:
What is the origin of Ric's Art Boat?
Ric's Art Boat
was built in 1936 at Baasrode, baptized “Selenium”. A length of 38 meters. A tonnage of 370 tons. It escaped the confiscation by the Nazis, who appropriated barges for the invasion of England.
But in the long run, this idea was abandoned because the British had the good idea to spray the surface of the sea with fuel, when the barges, seized by the Germans, were nearing the English
coast. Result: all barges burnt down. This kind of invasion plan was discarded.
Team: You have also sailed
with the boat?
Boats Team: What
is the history of Ric's River Boat? Erik
Pevernagie: Ric's River Boat is
not a barge, but a tug that pulled large vessels of the ocean in the Rhine. It is converted into a school ship for officers of the Dutch navy. At that time it is called "Hollands