Climb aboard and say hello to the newest member of our fleet Duyfken – meaning ‘Little Dove’ in Dutch.

Experience one of the rarest ships in the world and learn about the historical links between Australia, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

As a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that was built using historical research and computer modelling, everything you see provides an authentic, hands-on understanding of how the crew lived and worked during their six-month voyage.

Explore the Duyfken replica and experience what life was like for the 20 Dutch sailors who crewed this vessel over 400 years ago. Hear stories of life at sea and learn about the harsh conditions crews faced in the pursuit of personal fortune.

What is the Duyfken? 

In March 1606, under the command of Willem Janszoon, the 60-tonne vessel sailed from Banda (now in the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku to explore unknown territory in the south for potential trade opportunities. The vessel reached the north of Australia and charted 300km of the west coast of Cape York – unaware they were the first Europeans to visit the continent.

Not only is this voyage the first documented European contact with the Australian mainland, but it’s also the first recorded meeting on Australian soil between the Indigenous people of Australia and Europeans.

Janszoon’s voyage was the first in a succession of Dutch voyages during the 17th century that would culminate in the charting of almost two-thirds of the Australian coastline. It predates James Cook’s voyage on Endeavour by 164 years, yet it is often a forgotten aspect of our history.

Duyfken was built by the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation, jointly with the Maritime Museum of Western Australia, and launched on 24 January 1999 in Fremantle.

Construction of the vessel was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kailis family.

 

SAIL ON DUYFKEN

Join the captain and crew of tall ship Duyfken for a spectacular afternoon sail on Sydney Harbour

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View ship full specifications

 

Keel laid

11 January 1997 by Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Keel length

16.8m

Length between stem and sternpost

19.94m

Length beakhead to taffrail

25.2m

Maximum beam

6.01m

Height of stern above waterline

5.5m

Draft, deep laden

2.45m

Depth in hold

2.3m

Estimated displacement, deep laden

110 tonnes

Sail area

2,902m 

Rig

Three masted, square for and main, lateen mizzen

Planking below waterline

60mm

Planking above waterline

40-50mm

Framing timbers

200 x 200mm, 400mm "room and space"

Structural timbers and hull

European oak (Quercus robur) from Latvia

Deck, spars

Maritime or pinaster pine (Pinus pinaster) from Western Australian

Beam

5.6m

Rigging

Hemp

Mainmast

15m

Mainyard

12m

 

 

Credits

Duyfken was built by the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation, jointly with the Maritime Museum of Western Australia, and launched on 24 January 1999 in Fremantle. Construction of the vessel was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kailis family.

 

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