Monday, September 26, 2016

Historic 1606 Duyfken ship visit to Ulladulla 2006

The Duyfken made her gala entrance into Ulladulla Harbour yesterday afternoon, (Friday November 3 2006) in overcast conditions as over 1,500 people lined both breakwaters and the north headland, as the ship was escorted into the harbour by the Ulladulla RVCP fleet.

On shore the Murramarang People of the Yuin Nation welcomed Duyfken Master Toby Greenlees and her crew to their Country, they were presented them with a message stitch from the Noongar community of south west WA.

Also present was the Netherlands Ambassador His Excellency Mr Niek van Zutphen, Joanna Gash MP, Member for Gilmore and other dignitaries, who toured the ship upon her arrival.

Both the Dutch and National anthem was sang across the waters of the harbour by the Miltones choir, with MC Matt Dell of the Milton Ulladulla Apex Club, welcoming all to Ulladulla.

The crew settled into shore life at Ulladulla, and prepared the ship for tours over the coming weekend. The Duyfken proudly showing her colours with a range of flags including the Shoalhaven City flag, which was presented to her Master by the Mayor Mr Greg Watson.

Over the weekend to coincide with the Duyfken was the first South Maritime and History Expo which is now held at Easter.

The Duyfken remained at Ulladulla harbour with school tours and general tours until Thursday November 9, when she left for Eden on the heritage journey of the ‘little dove’ and then on to Tasmania before arriving in Sydney for her last port visit in December 2006.

The 1606-2006 Duyfken Voyage marks the 400th anniversary of the first documented European contact with Australia. The story of this defining period in our history will be told as Duyfken visits 25 ports around Australia

including Ulladulla, reminding us of the importance of our coastal and maritime heritage and giving those who visit the ship a deep appreciation of history in the raw and the courage and skills of 16th century seafaring explorers. The original Duyfken was built in 1595.

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