A replica of the first recorded European ship to visit Australia, the Duyfken, is moving to Sydney permanently after eight years in Western Australia.
- The replica is modelled on a Dutch ship that explored Australia in 1606
- The foundation was unable to secure funding the keep the ship in Fremantle
- Duyfken is expected to sail into Sydney Harbour on January 1, 2021
The ship, whose name means “little dove” in Dutch, was built in Fremantle in the late 1990s by a group of historic sailing enthusiasts who formed a foundation to recreate the vessel.
It is a replica of the Dutch East India Company vessel which sailed from Indonesia (then called the Spice Islands) and made landfall in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606.
The ship’s captain,…