Pirates descend on East Fremantle, with The Duyfken moored at yacht club

Pirate fun on The Duyfken.
Pirate fun on The Duyfken.

PIRATES will be visiting East Fremantle Yacht Club on Sunday January 7, with the replica of the Dutch ship The Duyfken moored there.

People are encouraged to dress up in their best pirate gear for a day of free family fun from 10am to 2pm.

Visitors can go on board the Duyfken replica for a short tour to get a taste of what life was like aboard the spice ship 400 years ago.

The ship was was involved in battles with the Portuguese, caught up in storms and is credited with being the first European ship to discover Australia.

It was finally abandoned in Indonesia when she could not be repaired.

The crew will be dressed up and having fun as they get out the cat o’nine tails to demonstrate what a lashing was like in the old days.

The ship has had a busy year sailing up the coast as part of the 400-year celebrations of Dirk Hartog’s visit to the coast of WA at Shark Bay.

It was moored at Elizabeth Quay last summer and more recently had an overhaul to replace a damaged engine.