Duyfken arrives to take up residence at Elizabeth Quay

Duyfken arrives to take up residence at Elizabeth Quay
Duyfken arrives to take up residence at Elizabeth Quay

DUTCH sailing ship Duyfken returned to Perth this week after a three-month voyage of celebration for the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s Shark Bay landing.

The ship will take up residence at Elizabeth Quay in Perth.

It was not all plain sailing though, as the three-masted ship needed to get under the Narrows Bridge.

A crane was used to remove the masts, the tallest of which is about 24m high , in Fremantle on Monday.

The ship motored to Perth and under the bridge on Tuesday, and then moored with a barge while the masts were returned.

The Duyfken will go on display for the first time at Elizabeth Quay from November 30 until April 2 when the process will be reversed and the ship will make its journey back to Fremantle.

While at Elizabeth Quay, the ship will be open to the public for tours from Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm with a special audio tour highlighting key elements of the historic ship.