The Duyfken approaching the Customs House dock

The Duyfken coming in to dock at Customs House, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

The Duyfken was the first verified European ship to make landfall on

Australia, in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the year 1606. It's current

voyage is the 400th anniversary of this event.

The Duyfken is a mere 24 metres in length, small by today's standards,

but this particular ship has made the voyage from Indonesia to Holland

and back, and has been sailing for the last 6 years, having been built

in Freemantle, WA, Australia from 1997 to 2000. provides an interesting history of both this

replica and the original ship.

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  • looby88 said:
    prefer something a little bigger myself for that kind of voyage!
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty amazing isn't it ?

    I got to go aboard yesterday (and took some 140 photos). Below decks you need to stoop quite a bit or you'll bang your head, except in the hold, which is quite spacious. Apparently this little boat is capable of transporting 50 tonnes of spices from Indonesia to Holland (or at least that's what the original one did).
  • looby88 said:
    I've been on board the victory, nelsons ship and that is very small and low below decks, not too bad for me as I'm 5 foot 3 !!which I think was about the height of people then!
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh cool - if I ever make it to Ol' Blightey that'll be on my itinerary.

    I managed to track down some comparison stats on the two ships.

    The Victory:

    And a photo of the Duyfken's stats:

    But basically, the Victory was almost three times the length, two and a half times as wide and could foist almost 19 times as much sail, and yet reached only 3 knots more than the Duyfken.
  • looby88 said:
    thanks for all the info David! then the Duyfken is tiny, the victory is suprisingly small! You would like Portsmouth then! You can visit for a virtual tour, how much you can see I'm not sure. I liked HMS Warrior better!
    click onto the warrior then where it says the official website, then the virtual tour. Better have a look myself now!!
  • scorpius_360 said:
    G'day mate! - you've got a fine stout wee ship there! I'm not sure if this is possibly the same river that we tied up alongside to in '67, we would bottom our keel on the mud at low tide and take a slight list when we tied up alongside, but the visit was great! Brisbane was probably my favourite port of all in the land of Oz due to its sub-tropical climate and size. Nice shot David! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Hi Don. Sounds like Redcliffe actually. Apparently the Duyfken scraped keel there on this visit too. This docking though is right in town next to Old Customs House.

    As for the photo, I look back at a lot of these now and think "by gawd that's a crap shot" but I guess that's what happens as you improve with time.
  • scorpius_360 said:
    Hello David, we were dockside aboard HMCS Yukon (360'), and HMCS St. Croix was outboard on our port side. As I recall there was a nice old large wooden building close by on the dock, sounds like the building you mention. Keep up the fine shooting!
  • David de Groot said:
    An old wooden building you say ? Hmmm, Custom's House (which may actually have been in use as such in '67) looks like this:

    Customs House

    And is made of stone. Mind you, Brisbane has changed a LOT since the '60s. At that time most of the riverbank would have been docks, and wooden buildings may have been quite prominent along there. 360' that's a fair sized ship, so maybe it was in the river (and not Redcliffe), as we definitely don't see much of that size in the river now, at least not this far up.
  • scorpius_360 said:
    Yes David, it was definitely in a tidal part of a brownish river, on the right side facing upstream, if what is left of my memory serves me, and there were no large buildings of the type in your photo there at the time, but after 40 yrs. I would expect some dramatic changes. :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah probably further downstream of the CBD then, at a guess, although the river is still tidal here in the CBD.
    Sad to hear the Yukon now rests off the coast of California as an artificial reef, much like the HMAS Brisbane (of the same era) is off Mooloolaba up the coast from here.