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Pirate days for Duyfken at Fremantle
It's been a busy 12 months for the little Dutch replica ship The Duyfken.

In August 2016 the Duyfken set sail on a three-month journey to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog on the coast of Western Australia.

Pirate Day, Duyfken, Dirk Hartog, Elizabeth Quay, Narrows
The Duyfken in full sail off Yanchep. Picture Richard Polden

Having completed her journey from Fremantle down to Bunbury and then up to Shark Bay and then back to Fremantle she made a short but strenuous voyage up the Swan River to a summer of visitors based at Elizabeth Quay.

To get the ship under the Narrows Bridge, masts had to be removed and then replaced once the Duyfken had crept under the bridge.

More than 7000 visitors stepped aboard for a tour over the summer and thousands more stopped by to take photographs.

At the end of March, the whole demasting and remasting process was reversed as the ship made her way back to her home port in Fremantle.

But the ship will no sooner be shipshape than it will be taken over by pirates for a pirate-themed Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday with specially priced tickets at $7.50 for adults, $2.50 for children aged four to 16 and $5 concessions.

The ship will be open each day from 10am to 4pm for the Pirates Capture Freo themed days and tickets are available on the day at the ship.

The crew of the Duyfken throw themselves into these pirate days getting dressed in uniforms and speaking pirate speak. The cat o' nine tails will come out for a lashing of some poor soul in front of the mast (all in jest of course).

Then from Sunday April 23 to 30. the ship will be open for public exhibition during the school holidays and then each Sunday through May and June.

The Duyfken Education Program for schools kicks off on Tuesday, May 2 and runs until Friday June 30.

The ship will then take a break from public view going into annual maintenance throughout July.

The Duyfken is an authentic replica of her original namesake, built around 1595 that gives real insight into the construction methods for ships of this period.

Built in Fremantle and launched in 1999 at a cost of $3.7 million, Duyfken has given more than a million visitors a taste of what life was like for the seafarers of the early 17th century.

Travelling the world, the Duyfken replica has shared the story of Willem Janzoon, and the crew of the original Duyfken who became the first Europeans to set foot on Australian soil in 1606, on the western shores of the Cape York Peninsula, some 10 years prior to Hartog's arrival aboard the Eendracht in 1616.

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Why? A taste of Dutch sailing history with pirate day fun.
When: 10am to 4pm each day
Where: Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (behind Little Creatures), 40 Mews Road, Fremantle WA
Cost: $7.50 for adults, $2.50 for children aged four to 16 and $5 concessions.
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