Meet the Crew


Alan Campbell, Engineer

Alice Turnbull - Deckhand

Time spent at sea:

Two years part time.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

South Australia.

Ships sailed on:

STV One & All.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

Followed her progress through Indonesia and was encouraged by Greg (ex. One & All crew) to go sailing!

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

To make the most of an opportunity which most people don't get the chance to take hold of.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

Always look on the bright side.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

A fairy.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

Become primitive.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Not much fresh fruit or vegies or cold milk.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

The sense of achievement gained from everyday sailing.

Bob Looijschelder - Deckhand

Time spent at sea:

5 years as adult, and 8 years starting when I was 5 years old with my Dad on his boat around the world.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Sydney, Australia (originally from Holland).

Ships sailed on:

La Violante, Eye of the Wind, Batavia, Windward Bound, South Passage and a few racing yachts.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

I heard it from Menno, captain of the Batavia. He told me there was a crew position available.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

I want to see the world and like sailing.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

I have been on small racing yachts so I don't mind it.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Normal clothes.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

Good, I hope.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

I don't really know, I have only been sailing once on the Duyfken.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

The sailing and working together.

Brett Yates - Deckhand, Anger Reliever

Time spent at sea:

12 years on small motor boats.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Hobo somewhere.

Ships sailed on:

Endeavour for a total of about a week, otherwise very little other sailing experience hence my lowly position.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

By repeatedly pestering the captain on the telephone.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Sailing around the world in a tall ship has always been a schoolboy dream.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

By building a good rapport with the rest of the crew.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Clean Clothes?

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

With a sense of humour.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Unsure, but possibly lack of personal space and cabin fever.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

Sighting land.

Christine Henschien - Deckhand

Time spent at sea:

3 months .

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ships worked/sailed on:

Worked on the Batavia for 4 years, sailed on her and on Endeavour.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

In Sydney while giving them a helping hand during one of the daysails.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

To live my own way of life.

What do you think you will miss the most while on board?

The feeling of being one with land.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

No space.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

Good, it's a part of this life.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Not having enough spare time to be with my boyfriend.

Ed Bierman - First Mate

Time spent at sea:

I stopped counting at 40,000nm

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Hoorn, The Netherlands.

Ships sailed on:

Master, commercial sailing vessels up to 350GRT

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

Introduced by a friend

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Why not?

What will you miss most while aboard Duyfken?

Television

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Sextant

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

Like everyone

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

That I will try to quit smoking.

Gary Wilson
Current Ship's Master

Time spent at sea:

17 years, 9 of those in square rig.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Sydney, Australia.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

An opportunity to sail a vesel of this period. New areas to sail through.

What are your interests?

Square-rigged ships and maritime history, music, sports.

What do you expect to achieve?

Writing An understanding of the period rig.

Glenn Williams - Master of Voyagie

Time spent at sea:

28 years.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Australia.

Ships sailed on:

Falie, One & All, Tradewind, Flying Cloud, Concordia, HMS Rose and Adirondak.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

A phone call from previous Duyfken master Peter Manthorpe.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Because life is to be lived and I am a lousy spectator.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

Being positive.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Diskettes.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

It will be interesting.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Writing the Daily Log.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

The Voyage itself.

Greg O'Byrne
Leading Hand

Home Town:

East Fremantle, WA

Experience at sea:

Around 10 years. Bits and pieces around Australia. Just come over from 20 months as a watch leader on S.A.S sail training vessel, tallship "One&All".

Why are you going on the expedition?

The opportunity to sail Duyfken is a challenge I couldn't refuse. The opportunity to be part of a history making voyage to visit Indonesia.

Your interests:

Sailing, what else? Oh, my tin whistles also keep me occupied in my free time.

What you expect to achieve?

To circumnavigate Australia by tallship by the time I'm 25! This goal may finally be achieved!

Heidy Bontjer - Leading Hand

Time spent at sea:

2.5 years.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Queensland, Australia.

Ships sailed on:

South Passage from Manly, Brisbane (Sail Training Association of Queensland) and Duyfken of course.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

Met Duyfken in Mooloolaba, climbed aboard straight away! And worked on her for four months as a volunteer.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Ones in a life time opportunity.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

Keep smiling, enjoy life and be happy, laugh :-)

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Clean clothes. Space. ;-)

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

I'm sure we'll survive, they did it in 1606 too!

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Long legs @ sea without fresh fruit, vegies and fresh water.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

Arriving in Texel, Holland! Safe and sound.

John Quigley - Leading Hand

Time spent at sea:

5 years.

Ships sailed on:

STS Young Endeavour, MS Svanen, HMAV Bounty, Schooner Esprite, Eye of the Wind, US Brig Niagara, clipper Wavetree and gaff ketch Jens Krogg.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Because it's going to be an amazing adventure.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

Perfectly, I hate crowds.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

An astrolabe.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

Ugh.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Maintaining natural fibre rigging.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

Sailing into Amsterdam.

Julie Milne - Ship's Cook

Time spent at sea:

Approx. one month coastal cruising and recreational sailing on Moreton Bay.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (originally from London, England).

Ships sailed on:

Duyfken, South Passage, cruising yachts.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

As a tour guide in Brisbane. A positive comment about the size of the galley led to four days on board as Ship's Cook: Brisbane - Mooloolaba, and Redcliffe to Sanctuary Cove.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Because it has to be better than 'another day in the office' and, there'll be lots of stories to tell.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

It's hard to say as the life is new to me - but I like a simple life and I generally get along with everyone. Evening solitude on the poop deck will refresh the spirit.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

A soft toy - Madame Cholet (the cook of the Wombles TV series).

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

I'll be fine as long as I've got a toothbrush (and band aid).

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Drama at sea and keeping pots on the stove - or could it be the weevils in the flour and rice?

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

Having enough to eat, birthday cakes not burning and arriving at each port, in particular Holland, on my 44th birthday.

Michael Redding - Carpenter/Photographer

Time spent at sea:

About 50 days on various coastal passages.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Queensland, Australia.

Ships sailed on:

Spirit of N.Z., Soliloquy (own yacht), made a punt for the local creek when I was a kid (sailed on it). Invented a submarine at age 12 (didn't sail it, luckily).

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

Accompanied Julie (who was relief cook) on a short coastal passage in Queensland.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

Why not?

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

I will find out.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Is an eye patch unusual on such a vessel?

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

I will find out.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Living in close confinement with all these other people.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

Achieving harmony with the rest of the crew after being so close in difficult living conditions.

Nick Burningham
Maritime Historian

Nicole Gardner
Leading Hand

Home Town:

Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK

Experience at sea:

20 voyages on Leeuwin since 1996

Why are you going on the expedition?

Great opportunity, great experience.

Your interests:

Sailing, reading, ropework.

What you expect to achieve?

Survival, learn as much as I can.

Shannon McGuire - Deckhand

Time spent at sea:

Twice sailed in a little catermaran.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Somewhere in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Qualifications & Experience:

First Aid, Photography, Professional Cook.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

After having spent a week as a volunteer while the vessel was preparing to leave in Sydney I felt that this was a great adventure and wanted to be a part of it.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

The accomplishment of having pushed new limits and succeeding. To learn how to sail.

What do you think you will miss most while aboard Duyfken?

Guiness.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Irridesant pelolaigic theise(?), a rock that comes from North America or Norway. Trapped gasses inside shine in the light with different colours.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

I look forward to a simpler and more basic way of life

 What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Keeping everything in perspective, not losing sight of the incredible experience that has been presented to me.

Stijn Somers- Deckhand

Time spent at sea:

6 months

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

The Hague, The Netherlands

Ships sailed on:

9 years as rigger on the Batavia, sailed on Eendracht, Mare Marieke, Batavia, Endeavour.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

Giving a helping hand during one of the daysails in Sydney and heard of this trip to Holland while we were getting the Batavia back to Holland by containership made me a bit jealous.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

To get more sailing experience and to use this in my trade as rigger and just for the kick of it.

What do you think you will miss the most while on board?

Spare time I would guess.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Some bottles of Dutch courage.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

Pretty good .

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

To live on the ship with my girlfriend and not have sufficient room for that private thing, you know.

Walter Walker - Engineer (in training)

Time spent at sea:

5 months

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Queensland, Australia.

Ships sailed on:

Duyfken.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

On a leadership program and still on board now.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

To do something different and I want to travel.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

Hard to get used to live on a day to day basis.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

Normal clothes.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

They are not that primitive.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Limited space, lots of rope.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

Sailing half way around the world.

Land-based staff


Benno van Tilburg - Chairman, Stichting VOC2002

Benno van Tilburg is director of the Maritime and Beachcombing Museum on the island of Texel.

The "Stichting" (foundation) is responsible for the funding and the organisation of the Duyfken 2002 VOC VOYAGIE in cooperation with the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation.

The Duyfken will arrive on the Texel roadstead on the 28th of April 2002.

Address
Maritime and Beachcombing Museum
Barentszstraat 21
1792 AD Oudeschild/TEXEL
Phone ++31 222 314956
Fax ++31 222 310456
email Benno@texelsmaritiem.nl
URL www.texelsmaritiem.nl

Graeme Cocks
Project Director

James Holdsworth - Volunteer Guide Coordinator

James rejoined Duyfken in The Netherlands to take up the task of Volunteer Guide Coordinator.

Time spent at sea:

3 months on passenger ships, 1 month aboard Duyfken.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Western Australia, originally from New South Wales.

Ships sailed on:

Orchades, Canberra and Duyfken.

How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?

Volunteered as guide, October 1999.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

To fulfil a lifelong yearning.

How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?

With great difficulty at times but mostly fairly well.

What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?

This will probably arrive later.

How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?

That's part of sailing on the Duyfken.

What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?

Trying to remember which rope is which and cleaning my clothes.

What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?

For me the arrival at Jakarta.

Tina Driver
Ship Shop Manager