The faithful reproduction of the early 17th Century ship, built around 1595 gives a real sense of the harsh conditions experienced by those who sailed out from Holland to the Dutch East Indies on the original vessel.
She was involved in battles with the Portuguese, caught up in storms, is credited with being the first European ship to discover Australia and was finally abandoned in Indonesia when she could not be repaired.
The enthusiastic crew of the replica will get dressed up and have some fun as they get out the cat o'nine tails to demonstrate what a lashing was like aboard in the old days.
Duyfken CEO Peter Bowman getting in pirate mode. Picture supplied.
This is a great opportunity for a free visit to the ship, which has had a busy year sailing up the coast as part of the 400 year celebrations of Dirk Hartog's visit to the coast of WA at Shark Bay and a busy time moored at Elizabeth Quay last summer and more recently an overhaul to replace a damaged engine.
East Fremantle Yacht Club will stay in pirate mode after the attack and is offering school holiday pirate hunts on the river from January 8 to 12.
This includes four hours of sailing run over two days at a cost of $50 per pair (one adult and one child).
Places are limited places and enrolment forms can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 9339 8111.
East Fremantle Yacht Club is at the base of Petra Street in East Fremantle.