April 2013

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for the Friends of Duyfken.

April 2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the first meeting of people at Michael Young's house in East Fremantle in 1993, and the establishment of the Friends of the Duyfken which went on to create the momentum for the construction of the Little Dove.

It is wonderful to see Duyfken back in her home port of Fremantle, only about 100 metres from where the ship was launched in 1999 and a few hundred metres from where the keel was laid by the young Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands.

Last year's voyage to bring Duyfken back to Western Australia from Sydney was executed with great skill by Captain Matthew Bolton, Bosun Andrew Bibby and the ship's own "Constable" and Head Volunteer, Mirjam Hilgeman. Behind the scenes, board members Kasper Kuiper and Louisa Schmidt worked extremely hard to make the voyage possible.

The toughest work began when the ship arrived in Fremantle and we faced the challenge of putting the ship to work again in her home port.  I would like to thank the board members of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Inc. for the tremendous work they have done - mostly unseen - to establish the Foundation on a firm footing.  Thanks must also go to Rowden Sharpe (General Manager) and Mark Gerovich (Marketing Manager) for their hard work.

I would also like to thank the Friends of the Duyfken for their immense volunteer contributions to the ship. Bill Porter has done a wonderful job as our Volunteer Coordinator since the ship returned - thanks Bill! David Bowden has now taken over this role and we thank him also and wish him luck.

I am most grateful for the tremendous efforts of John Longley, David Bowden, Andrew Bibby, Mirjam Hilgeman and Captain Victor Hoisington in coordinating the ongoing sail training program and I look forward to the pending launch of our public daysails!

In the years ahead, we have a simple plan: to educate all Australians about our early maritime history; to keep Duyfken as a fully-operating well-maintained vessel; and, to conduct voyages which establish Duyfken's place as an important part of our maritime history.

This would not be possible without the support of the Government of Western Australia which sponsored the return voyage to Western Australia and has assisted with funds so that Duyfken can operate in Western Australia for the next decade.

With many thanks

Graeme Cocks
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Inc.

Meet the Duyfken Family 

Duyfken long-term success relies on the contribution of a small number of employees and an enormous number of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep her in 'ship-shape'. Here's a small introduction to the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation family tree.


General Manager (government sponsored employee): Rowden Sharpe
Marketing Manager (government sponsored employee): Mark Gerovich
Bosun (Duyfken employee): Andrew Bibby


Chairman of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Board: Graeme Cocks  
Foundation Board members: Geoffrey Halstead, Malcolm Hay, David Kerbey, Kasper Kuiper, Geoffrey Leach, Mike Lefroy, John Longley, Ron "Dingo" Reddingius, Louisa Tiffen, Mike Shade
Friends of Duyfken Office Bearer: Geoffrey Halstead
Constable & Head Guide: Mirjam Hilgeman
Finance Manager: Louisa Tiffen
Volunteer Coordinator: David Bowden
Sailing Program Committee: John Longley, David Bowden, Victor Hoisington, Mirjam Hilgeman, Andrew Bibby
Social Club Committee: Members TBA
Maintenance Coordinator: Jim Dixon
Newsletter Editor: Julie Fedele
Friends of Duyfken Volunteers: A bunch of passionate, committed people who contribute their time and effort to help out every week with a variety of volunteer roles.

  Open for Visitors!

Duyfken is located at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and is berthed behind Little Creatures Brewery at 40 Mews Road. The ship is open for visitors every day of the week between 11am and 3pm (winter hours). Enjoy a personalised tour conducted by our experienced guides who will share with you the Duyfken story both past and present.

Adults $10
Children $5 (5 - 15 years)
Family $25 (2 adults + 2 children)
Friends of Duyfken free entry (please present your membership card)

We conduct special tours for school groups. Visit our website to discover how a visit to Duyfken can enrich your education program. For more information or to make a booking, click here.

  Important Upcoming Dates
  • Friday April 12th             Friends of Duyfken April Sundowner
  • Saturday April 13th       Friends of Duyfken Social Club Committee meeting
  • May 27th - June 10th    Duyfken closed to visitors during refit
  Your Ship Needs You! Become a Friend of Duyfken

Show your support and help keep Duyfken sailing by joining the Friends of Duyfken for as little as $35 and enjoying a range of benefits. Membership entitles you to:

  • Ongoing free entry aboard the ship.
  • 20% off all Duyfken merchandise.
  • Volunteer in a variety of roles.
  • Attend Friends of Duyfken events, such as the monthly Sundowner.
  • Receive advance notice of voyages, daysails and events.
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation
  • Receive email newsletters.

To become a Friend of Duyfken, please fill out the online application form.

Friends of Duyfken have the unique opportunity to contribute their passion, time and skills as a volunteer. There are a variety of roles available. You can:

  • Become a Duyfken Guide and share the ship's fascinating history with visitors.
  • Enjoy a peaceful moment alone with the Dove by offering to shipkeep.
  • Lend a hand with maintenance work and refits.
  • Train as crew for public sails and voyages.
  • Join the Friends of Duyfken Social Club Committee and assist with organising social events and fundraisers.

Click here for more information on becoming a Duyfken Volunteer and to fill out an application form. Volunteers must be a financial member of the Friends of Duyfken.

  Next Friends Sundowner Friday 12th April

The Friends of Duyfken Social Club Sundowner is held monthly on the second Friday of the month and is open to all members. The April Sundowner will be held next Friday 12th April at 17:30 on the jetty in front of the ship. BYO drinks and a plate to share.

There was a good turn-out for last month's March Sundowner and we all enjoyed ourselves. The event was organised by Beverley and Barry Pieterson with assistance from Jill Millman who donated a bottle of bubbly to raffle off. The winning ticket, drawn by Chairman of the Board, Graeme Cocks, was won by Bill Porter - much to the dismay of Duyfken's Bosun, Andrew Bibby, who had 16 tickets in the hat!!

If you are interested in joining the Friends of Duyfken Social Club Committee and assisting with the organisation of social events and fundraisers, please register your interest at

  Day Sail Program Soon to be Announced

The launch of the Duyfken daysail program is just around the corner! Members of the public will soon have the opportunity to join Duyfken's crew for an authentic sailing experience aboard a replica 16th century vessel. For more information on Duyfken's daysail program, or to put your name on a waiting list, please send an email to or fill out the online enquiry form.

  Duyfken in Have a Go News

Duyfken is making a splash in Have a Go News (WA's premier newspaper for the over 45s) with a regular feature article on the ship appearing monthly.

Click here to view the articles that were published in the January, February and March editions of the paper.

  Merchandise for Sail

Check out our range of merchandise items available for purchase at the ship and online.


For more information about Duyfken, please contact the Marketing Manager, Mark Gerovich, at or call 9262 1772.

For Volunteer enquiries & rosters, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, David Bowden, at

For Newsletter enquires, please contact the editor, Julie Fedele, at or call 0408 792 611.

For Website enquiries, contact the webmaster, David Kerbey at

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