Zuider Zee Museum
Today all the flags aboard Duyfken, including an Indonesian flag hoisted in special honour, were at half mast, as a mark of respect for the passing of Mr Julius Tahija. Mr Tahija, who passed away yesterday, was a big supporter of the Duyfken and he generously donated the cost of the timber and rigging during the building of the ship. Ever enthusiastic about the project, he also hosted the crew during their stay in Jakarta on the voyage out to the Netherlands. He recognized the ship as being a great link between Australia , the Netherlands and Indonesia, and with his passing the project has lost one of its most ardent supporters. On behalf of all hands aboard Duyken, I would like to offer our respects to all members of Mr Tahija's family and to tell them of our appreciation for his support over the years.
Master - Duyfken