The old workshops at the Baasrode shipyards date from the beginning of the 20th century and have been empty since the mid-1980s after the shipyards went bankrupt. But all the machines and old shipping equipment are still there, and the province now wants to map out a walking route in the old buildings. “These workhouses were abandoned overnight,” says An Vervliet (N-VA) of the Province of East Flanders. “The workers were suddenly told that they did not have to come to work the next day. As a result, we now have a unique and well-preserved shipyard.”
The province now wants to open the buildings to visitors. There will be a walking route through the studios, past the various machines. “This way, visitors can visit those beautiful workshops in a safe way for our heritage, but also in a safe way for themselves. There will be information boards everywhere so that visitors can learn how ships were built.”
The walking route at the Baasrode shipyards should be ready by the end of October. The project costs 600,000 euros.