Fremantle Boat Lifters
Duyfken is back home! On Friday, 8 November, she arrived in the Port of Fremantle on the deck of cargo ship Da Zhong. The refit team was at the scene to welcome her back, as well as some of the Fremantle friends of the Duyfken who happened to have heard the latest time of arrival. James, Duyfken's companion and caretakers for the journey back from the Netherlands, had already put foot on Australian land a few days earlier when Da Zhong and cargo made a stop in Dampier. He was no doubt happy to be back in Fremantle after some rough days at sea sailing down the WA coast. According to James the last leg from Dampier to Fremantle was the roughest since Rotterdam! Duyfken was launched the afternoon and towed over to the Fishing Boat Harbor. A special moment when she touched the water in her home port again after the magnificent and impressive journey halfway across the world over the last couple of years. After only a few days in the water she was lifted out again to begin the refit tasks to get her ready for the 1st of December opening of the Maritime Museum when Duyfken will play an important role in the festivities together with Leeuwin. It will be a good opportunity to have her welcomed back in town officially. After all, her arrival on the Da Zong was somewhat through the back door! Duyfken is now sitting high and dry on hard stand in the yard of Fremantle Boat Lifters. We have scraped, sanded, oiled, painted and tarred her. Monday, 25th November she is scheduled to go back in the water. We then still have to get the rigging back in place, bring gear back on board, and in general prepare her for sailing again. Plans for the near future include daysails out of Fremantle and dockside public showing. Still a lot of work to do before she is ready so anyone who would like to come lend a hand is more than welcome! Even if you only have a few hours to spare. Over the last week we have a steadily growing number of volunteers come down and help out. It is great to see both newcomers and old salts who were involved with building the ship. Many thanks to all of you who have spent their valuable time at the yard of Boat Lifters so far!!! Duyfken is a great little ship, is often said. Let's work on making her a great little Fremantle ship again. We will be at Boat Lifters until Monday. After Monday the refit work will continue across the harbour at a dock off Mews Road, just north of Capo d'Orlando drive.