Duyfken's Coming Home And the Ship Needs You!

10-Aug-2012

Duyfken, the Fremantle-built replica of Australia's first ship, is returning home to Western Australia and the Duyfken Foundation needs your help.

The Friends of the Duyfken support group is being reinvigorated and volunteers guides, shipkeepers and crew are required from 23 September.

Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation chairman Graeme Cocks said that at the project's peak in Western Australia the Foundation had 300 members of the Friends of the Duyfken and more than 100 volunteer guides and shipkeepers.

“We want to get back to the good times for the Foundation during the 1990s when Duyfken was such an important part of the local community,” he said.

“Many of our supporters were disappointed when Duyfken was relocated to Queensland for four years but they now have an opportunity to be involved with Duyfken once again.”

Mr Cocks said the volunteer guiding aboard Duyfken was a great way to be a part of the Duyfken project.

“Not everyone can sail on Duyfken's great ocean voyages such as the one she is now undertaking from Sydney to Fremantle via Darwin, but coming down to the ship and showing visitors and school groups aboard can be very enjoyable.

“We also require shipkeepers who are prepared to sleep aboard the ship overnight to keep an eye on her.

“Our team is currently planning a summer sailing program and for these sailing days we will require volunteer crew who can help sail a 16th century square rig sailing ship,” he said. “In the years ahead, we are making plans for the 400th anniversary of Hartog's voyage to WA in 1616 and the centenary of the departure of the ANZAC convoy from Albany in 1914.”

The Duyfken replica was built between 1995 and 1999 in Fremantle. She sailed for the first time shortly afterwards and since then she has sailed twice to South East Asia, to Europe and around Australia telling the story of the first recorded European visits to Australia.

Most recently she has been on public exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The Government of Western Australia has supported the return of Duyfken to WA. Duyfken is operated by a charitable foundation, the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Inc.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends of the Duyfken and becoming a volunteer should email manager@duyfken.com or marketing@duyfken.com Details will shortly be available at the Duyfken website, www.duyfken.com