The Duyfken replica due in Mandurah on Monday

The Duyfken replica due in Mandurah on Monday

THE Duyfken replica is due to sail into Mandurah on Monday at 10am.

The replica of the historic sailing ship will be in port until Wednesday, September 14 and a Pirate Day planned on September 11.

The voyage of the coast is to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog on the coast of WA.

It started from Fremantle on August 18 as part of the Dirk Hartog Commemorative Voyage and Exhibition program.

Engaging the Duyfken replica provides a tangible connection to the early 1600s.

The ship is an authentic replica of her original namesake that was built around 1595. Duyfken gives a real insight into the way ships of this period were constructed.

Travelling the world, the Duyfken replica has shared the story of Willem Janzoon and the crew of the original Duyfken. They became the first Europeans to set foot on Australian soil in 1606, on the western shores of the Cape York Peninsula.

In acknowledging the significance of this year’s celebration, Premier Colin Barnett said it was fitting the Duyfken was involved in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Dutch VOC captain Dirk Hartog’s landing at Dirk Hartog Island.

“The anniversary provides a real opportunity for Australians to learn more about the Dirk Hartog story and our early maritime history,” he said.

The four-month voyage and exhibition program culminates in her arrival for the Hartog Festival in Denham, Shark Bay on October 19.

At each of these ports, the Duyfken will go on public exhibition. Members of the public will be able to go aboard and discover the challenges experienced by the crew in their quest to grow the incredibly valuable spice trade from the East Indies.

Tickets are available from www.ticketek.com.au/duyfkenat.