CairnsAt breakfast time I set off ashore with two missions: strong coffee, and a newspaper. Any old newspaper won't do. It must be a Sydney Morning Herald or an Age. I find what I'm looking for in a newsagent near the ship and lug it to a cafe. I seek out the Good Weekend Magazine and open to the article about Duyfken. It is by John Van Tiggelen who sailed with us from Weipa to Cape Keerweer. My eye is caught by a highlighted piece of text. It s a quote from Silas Wolmbi, the elder who we met us on the beach at Aurukun: "When I saw that fella Peter jump out of that dinghy, when he asked me for permission to step on our land, I only felt, Oh, welcome brother, welcome." I read these words over and over until they become blurry. Moisture in the eyes. I am transported back to the memorable day spent with Silas as he showed me around his country at Cape Keerweer. The bond that grew so quickly between us obviously started with me asking for permission to land. His welcoming words sounded good to me then, but they resonate more powerfully now, nearly two months later, in a way I can t explain. Perhaps it has something to do with the knowledge that about three million people will be reading those words this weekend, all of them in the part of the country where Duyfken's voyage has had the least exposure so far. John was only with us for a few days but they were good days to be aboard Duyfken. His article captures the essence of what has emerged as perhaps the most significant aspect of the expedition. Back on board Duyfken a good crowd of people tours the ship with the volunteer guides showing them what's what and telling them some of the history surrounding the original Duyfken and how the modern version was built. It strikes me that there is a gap in the commentary. Our voyage has a rich history of its own which must now be told. The story of our voyage is not just a re-enactment of a past event. It is much more than that now. Our Duyfken has messages of her own to spread now . I make a mental note to think about ways of articulating those messages and passing them on to all the enthusiastic visitors to the ship.