All our crew for the last legs of the voyage mustered on board at 1700hrs on Sunday 23rd October after the conclusion of our ‘Pirate Day’ and quickly changed
the ship over to seagoing mode and loaded stores in preparation for our departure at 05.15hrs the next day. Thank you to the Shire of Shark Bay for
sponsoring our stay and to all the visitors who came to see Duyfken at Denham. Your support has been greatly appreciated.
Monday 24th October
Lines were let go on time at 05.15hrs and we cautiously made our way down the channel led by the Volunteer Marine Rescue Boat. Thank you guys for your
assistance. Due to the predominantly south westerly wind, we had to motor out as far as the Denham Channel markers and it was 07.30hrs before
we were able to start setting sail and shut down the engines. All sails were able to be set in the light breeze but the best speed we could make was
3kts. The weather was very hazy and we had a few light showers. Mid-morning the wind started to back and we had to wear ship and at 11.00hrs we had
the STS Leeuwin pass close by on her way to Geraldton. Numerous whales and dolphins were sighted, both close by and in the distance. The wind continued
to back and die away during the morning and at 12.30hrs the decision was made to hand all sails and to continue under motor, so that we could be sure
of arriving at Turtle Bay in daylight.
We rounded Cape Levillain at 17.30hrs and then began to feel the effects of the strong tide which reduced our speed to between 1 and 2 kts. Our Delta high
capacity anchor was let go at 18.11hrs, just as the sun was setting and we had finally arrived at the anchorage Dirk Hartog used in 1616. Turtle Bay
is quite sheltered under the prevailing southerly and south westerly winds, the shoreline being partly sandy beach but mainly high sandstone cliffs.
Dirk Hartog would have found it a hard climb to get up the cliffs to plant his plate!
Tuesday 25th October
Today is the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616. Our role in today’s activities was to fire our cannon at the conclusion of the ceremony
at 11.00hrs. The cannon was loaded and prepared and at the appointed time fired by Andrew the Bosun. Thank you to Ian Burthem for the spectacular photograph
capturing the moment of firing, with Cape Inscription in the background and Andrew ducking behind the blowback from the firing hole.
I decided that we would delay our departure until daybreak on Wednesday, giving 10 crew members the opportunity to go ashore during the afternoon and
explore the scene of the morning’s activities.