HET GEBONK VAN HAMERS OP NAGELS
HET PONSEN VAN FLENZEN HET GERAKKETAK
HET WALSEN VAN PLATEN HET GERONK
VAN MACHINES HET GELUID VAN DE STOOMFLUIT
VAN KETTINGEN EN ANKERS DE FLES
DIE STUKSLAAT HET SCHIP DAT WEGGAAT
ALLES KOMT TERUG ALS IK WACHT BIJ DE BRUG
This poem by Wim Hofman can be found on the backside of the new Dokbridge, a drawbridge in the former shipyard area of the city of Vlissingen.
It can be read every time the bridge goes up to let a ship through.
At Wim’s request, Gérard Schiphorst made a soundscape with sounds from the former shipyard. He has summarized the production of a ship in one working day and takes the listener through the yard in full operation. From the steam whistle that started the working day to the whistle of the ship being launched. Vlissingers who have experienced the wharf being in the middle of the city know that the noise was sometimes deafening. Wim said that the teachers at his school sometimes had to stop the lesson because they could not be heard by the pupils.