Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Australian sailors have a chance to sail on the world’s most authentic 16th century sailing ship from Sydney to Fremantle.

They will have the adventure of their life sailing the world's most authentic 16th century sailing ship replica in the way that sailors of 1606 would have done. The 20m replica ship Duyfken is looking for people who have a love of the sea and square-rig sailing to join as voyage crew as she sails around Australia.

Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation chairman Graeme Cocks said that the ship will leave Sydney in late March 2012, undertake a re-fit in Brisbane, and then sail via Torres Strait and Darwin to Western Australia.

"Many of the voyages in Queensland are quite short, giving people a taste of life at sea without the rigours of a longer passage," he said. "However, people should be under no misapprehension - sailing Duyfken is no river cruise. Conditions on board Duyfken are as close to the 16th century as we can make them without needing a press gang.

"Crew sleep above or below decks in hammocks or on mats. "Duyfken has a crew of 18, with positions for ticketed sailors, an engineer and a cook as well as general hands.

"The crew are expected to perform all of the duties required of a ship at sea, and they can join for a single leg - or for the rest of the expedition if they wish."

People interested in joining the voyage should contact Louisa Tiffin, voyage coordinator at the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation, email [email protected]

Duyfken is a replica of the first ship to sail to Australia recorded in history when Dutch sea captain Willem Janszoon sailed from the Banda Islands of Indonesia to Cape York Peninsula in 1606. The 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$4.2 million. She was launched in 1999 and has since sailed twice to Indonesia, to The Netherlands and around the Australian coastline.

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Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Inc.

Duyfken has been hailed as the most authentic, fully-seagoing Age of Discovery replica ship ever constructed. She is relocating from Sydney to Western Australia and requires crew with a sense of adventure.

The Duyfken Foundation is a charitable organisation which operates the ship on behalf of the people of Australia, Indonesia and The Netherlands. The Foundation's aim is to tell the story of the early modern history of Australia when Dutch seafarers explored the Australian coastline and Aboriginal people met people from the outside world for the first time.

Graeme Cocks
P: 0438980859

Louisa Tiffin


Duyfken Little Dove Square rigged sailing ship voyage crew required



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