Duyfken to commemorate Hartog's 1616 landing

Western Australia will mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch VOC captain Dirk Hartog's landing at Dirk Hartog Island  off Shark Bay on the Western Australian coast with a series of community events and celebrations in October next year.

The Western Australian Premier has announced a commemorative voyage by the Duyfken replica along the Western Australian coast to Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island, to take part in the commemorations. The Duyfken will then moor in Denham at Shark Bay for the period of the commemoration for public tours.

Hartog's landing in 1616 is significant because he left behind a pewter plate inscribed with a record of his visit, the oldest such physical evidence of European contact with Australia.  This anniversary provides a real opportunity for Australians to learn more about the Dirk Hartog story and our early maritime history.

In late August 2016, Duyfken will set sail from her home port of Fremantle on a 6 week Voyage that will first take her south to Bunbury, then north again to Mandurah, Hillarys, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton and finally Denham at Shark Bay.

At each port, Duyfken will be on exhibition for school groups and members of the general public to come aboard and discover the challenges experienced by the ‘Dutchies’ in their quest to grow the trade from the East Indies.

You Can be Part of The Crew

There will be 8 separate Voyages ranging in length from 1-12 days duration as part of this historic adventure, with 4 crew positions per Voyage being offered to those who would like to pay for this once in a lifetime experience.

Expressions of interest for these crew berths are now open. So if you would like an Information Voyage Pack, then send an email to manager@duyfken.com.

Crew training is now underway.