THE Duyfken sets sail from Fremantle for its new home at AQWA on Sunday.
The Dutch replica sailing ship is looking to bring its exhibition program to the northern suburbs, following the signing of an exhibition agreement with the Aquarium of Western Australia.
Under the new arrangement, Duyfken will relocate to AQWA, which has spent $80,000 to modify its site, from April to October this year and in 2020 and 2021, where the ship will go on exhibition as a floating museum.
Duyfken is scheduled to depart Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour about 11am on March 31, setting her sails for a voyage along the coast between Fremantle and Hillarys, the hope being that the Fremantle Doctor does its bit, allowing the Duyfken to sail close to shore for all the public to see.
About 4pm, Duyfken is expected to arrive at Hillarys Boat Harbour and will progress under motor to the AQWA berth.
Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor will be on board and at AQWA will hand Duyfken captain Robin Chester a Welcome Scroll from the City.
To complement the school excursions aboard Duyfken an external classroom will be opened in the grounds of AQWA, so that students can broaden their understanding of the Dutch maritime influence along the west coast.