Again I have a week to catch up on with this journal. We left off last entry with Duyfken running heavily up the coast, but making good time. We rounded Cape Moreton at about 1100 last Thursday, passing close under the cliffs to avoid the off lying shoals. A couple of slow moving humpback whales were somewhat startled as we sped by, and got into the calmer water under the lee of Moreton Island. With the land sheltering us from much of the breeze, we set topsails to keep the speed up. Approaching the NE channel, we handed all sail at 1230 and began the push down into the bay under power, directly into the wind. An uncomfortable few hours as spray burst over the ship at times, luckily we had the flood tide in our favour to carry us down the channel and into the main part of Moreton Bay. The berth we used last time we visited Redcliffe was not available to us this time - a charter catamaran used for whale watching was using it and would not shift to the other side, despite being a shallower draft than Duyfken and more manoeuvrable. To use the inner berth meant that I had to go in on high water, in settled weather and be prepared to sit in the mud over low water. Not being due in until tomorrow, I decided to go to anchor overnight and we stood into Brisbane Roads, under the lee of the entrance to the river. We came to anchor just on dusk, about 2.5 miles SE of Woody Point and had a quiet night, no chance of dragging the big starboard anchor that we put down this time. On Friday, the local Volunteer Coast Guard kindly picked me up from the ship to take me in to have a look at the berth. I realised that the manoeuvre to get in would be a little tricky, but with assistance from the Coast Guard we should be able to manage it. We weighed anchor that afternoon to make an attempt and under the fore topsail only sailed the few miles up to Redcliffe. However, the freshening SE'ly wind, up over force 6 by this stage, was going to make berthing somewhat tricky, with little room for error, so I abandoned the attempt and returned to the anchorage. Not before and old friend, Deb Timbs, sent out some fresh food to the ship, meaning we could have a steak dinner that night. After another night therefore at anchor, we made a second attempt the following morning, at the next high water. The breeze had eased right off, and with the coast guard launch on a headline to help us around the turn, we managed to work the ship into the berth, all fast just after 0700. We were due to open to the public today, so despite all the delays on this passage, Duyfken has made it on time again - just. We covered 1183 miles on this passage at an average speed of 4.4 knots, a fine effort for the little ship, 90% of the passage under sail. A civic welcome from the Mayor and councillors at 1000, they were keen to have the ship back again after our visit here early in 2001. Redcliffe of course is the site of the first European settlement in Queensland, so it fits in well with the history aspect of our voyage. A short stay only, but once again the people of Redcliffe proved incredibly enthusiastic about the ship, with over 2200 people coming aboard in a day and a half. It was also great to catch up with some old friends there - ex Chevron PNG Gas people, John Powell, Cliff and Dale Leggoe, came to visit, maintaining their links with the ship from their sponsorship of the first voyage. We departed Redcliffe on the high tide on Sunday night and went back to anchor overnight, readying the ship for our arrival into Brisbane. Weighed anchor early Monday morning and entered the river about 0800, passing the large container terminal at Fisherman Island and the other commercial berths further up the river. Light airs meant that we unfortunately we had to motor up the river and we were able to easily make the planned arrival time. Alongside the Customs House Quay right on 1200, unfortunately the poor state of the berth, with rotten piles and lack of suitable mooring points meant that it took a little longer to safely tie the ship up, but the large gathering of VIPs didn't seem too concerned with the slight hold up. Quite a gathering of visitors to attend the arrival - the Hon Gary Hardgrave, Minister for Vocational and Technical Education and Minister assisiting the PM, Mr Adrian Schrinner, Councillor representing the City of Brisbane, Mr Andrew Fraser MP, Parliamentary Secretary representing the Qld Premier Peter Beatty - but best of all, some more familiar faces from visit to Cape York in 2000 were there to greet us. Elders Silas Wolmby and Thancoupie had tears in their eyes as we embraced and I have to admit that it was very emotional reunion for me too. Our re-enactment voyage 5 years ago cemented some real friendships between the Aboriginal people of the Cape York communities and the Duyfken and it was great to link up again. We remembered Silas' brother, now passed on, who took me to see the scene of the fighting between the Dutch and Aboriginal people 400 years ago, and we were sure he would be looking down on our reunion now with pleasure. As always, part of our voyage is to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and it was with pleasure that I presented a message stick to Maroochy Barambah, elder of the local Turrbal people, who gave us a welcome to country and a message stick in return. The arrival event was chaired by our own board member, Mr Graeme Cocks and speaking on behalf of the ship and Foundation was our chairman and Mayor of Fremantle, Mr Peter Tagliaferri. Later that evening, we had another reception, this time a welcome from the City, hosted by the Mayor, Campbell Newman and chaired by the AOTM representative, Peter Henneken. It remains very pleasing that even after many months now of this voyage, so many people are still enthusiastic about the vessel and the history that she represents. It would not be right to go further without mentioning another very great friend of the ship - Kasper Kuiper, Honorary Consul for the Netherlands. Kasper was a great help in so many ways on our first voyage here, and once more has stepped in to provide assistance. We have now commenced our public exhibition here in Brisbane, with school groups visiting the ship during the forenoon and general public in the afternoon. A walkway/cycleway passes right by the ship as it winds along the waterfront and it is entertaining to see the joggers and cyclists caught aback as they round the bend and are confronted with a 16th century vessel. We have our new crew joining today, no gentle settling in period as they are thrown straight in to the hectic routine of the ship, public exhibition, schools, functions, maintenance. Farewell to the outgoing crew, they have done a marvellous job on the voyage from Melbourne and we hope to see them aboard again some time in the future.