When Duyfken sailed from Australia's Cape York, north along the western fringe of Torres Strait and saw the shoals of Papua New Guinea ahead near Mare, her crew became the first Europeans recorded in history to sight the southern coast of PNG. The 1606 visit of Duyfken was historic for many reasons. The voyage marked the beginning of the European exploration of eastern Indonesia and beyond, including the northern, western and southern coasts of the Great South Land. The Duyfken replica has diverted from Captain Willem Janszoon's riskier northern passage and has done what the Dutch sailors could not manage - sailing from west to east through Torres Strait. The ship anchored overnight at Cape Grenville and traversed Blackwood Passage today on her way to Port Moresby as part of the Chevron 2000 Raun Bilong Duyfken (Chevron 2000 Duyfken Expedition). While Duyfken sailed along the western fringes of Torres Strait in early 1606, later in the same year, the San Pedrico under the command of Luis Vaez de Torres sail through the strait from east to west. Local schoolchildren will be able to visit Duyfken during the ship's visit to Port Moresby as part of the silver anniversary celebrations of the nation's independence. Duyfken Project Director Graeme Cocks said that Duyfken's expedition had been successful because the ship's crew listened to the stories from history told by the local people of the region to build up a more accurate picture of the region. "Much of our history talks about the successes of European maritime explorers but the stories of the local mariners are just as important. "We hope that the people of the Gulf of Papua tell us the stories from their history which are so important." After visiting Port Moresby, Duyfken will sail to Cooktown to begin a five month exhibition tour of Queensland ports. Daily updates from the Chevron 2000 Duyfken Expedition are posted on the Captain's Log at the Duyfken website, www.duyfken.com. Duyfken has recreated the first voyage to Australia recorded in history when Dutch sea captain Willem Janszoon sailed from the Banda Islands of Indonesia to Cape York Peninsula. The secret voyage of discovery also was the first time recorded in history when Aboriginal people met people from the outside world and the Australian land mass appeared on a chart. Duyfken was constructed by the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation in Fremantle at a cost of A$3.7 million. The Chevron 2000 Duyfken Expedition and exhibition tour is supported by Chevron Corporation, the Government of Queensland and the MG Kailis Group of Companies. E N D S Media contact: Graeme Cocks, Project Director (08) 9272 6854, 041 990 5370 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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