A decade on, in 1898, Egbert decides to move permanently ashore. The expanded family, which now counts six children, moves to Nieuweweg in Delfzijl. And the family have another addition, the second ship, the “Liberté” has now been completed. The business of "E. Wagenborg scheepsbevrachter Delfzijl" is conducted from a café on the corner of Waterstraat - Markstraat, opposite the Waterpoort. The early business is all about the timber trade and involves contracting the unloading of seagoing vessels carrying timber and transporting it to and from timber yards in the North of the Netherlands.

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