The Duyfken’s stay in Wollongong was a very successful one with just under 5,000 people looking over the vessel, and a warm reception from our hosts. I returned to the ship to take over from Gary again. On Sunday the wharf was filled with people as the Wollongong City Council’s civic reception got into full swing. There was much entertainment from the city band, a selection of dancers, of the clog variety as well as others, and the Dutch Australian Choir pro musica. During the official part of the civic proceedings I was able to present a message stick to Aunty Mary Davis as we were welcomed by the local indigenous community. The ship was also welcomed to Wollongong by the Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Alex Darling. It was a wonderful day of welcoming events and started off our stay in Wollongong with a large crowd. However one important part of being in Wollongong was being able to catch up with the Hydrographic Office of Australia, which has been based in Wollongong for the past eleven years. I was very keen to visit the Hydrographic Office for two reasons. Primarily, because they are continuing on from the work that William Janszoon started in 1606. For the Hydrographic Office is responsible for all the charting and surveying of the Australian coastline. The second reason I was keen to visit the office was because they have been very supportive of our voyage by donating all the required charts for our current voyage. Through the assistance of Lt Commander John Sperring, I managed to organise a tour of the offices for most of the crew. I was also introduced to Captain Rod Nairn the Head Hydrographer of Australia. To whom I presented a print of the Duyfken by Shardlow and was given a plaque as a gift from the Hydrographic Office. Our stay in Wollongong finished up with a reception held at the Wollongong City Council reception center. The event was a chance to thank all those involved in organizing the ships visit. With all those who assisted with the guiding also present. There were several informative speeches and the crew were presented with gifts from the Council. I was also presented with a flag from the local volunteer Coastal Patrol. We weren’t able to stay for long for as pleasant as the evening was it was important for the crew to get back to the ship for we still had the last of the packing down from museum mode to complete, with the planned departure of the ship early the next morning.