Visited the family in Perth, West Australia, over the last week. We had a great time.
Went to the new Western Australia Maritime Museum at Fremantle ..port for Perth and briefly the home of the Americas Cup; Australia II, which is in the museum ( www.mm.wa.gov.au ). Stunning building and location jutting out into the Indian Ocean...think Gehrig's Guggunheim in Balboa (sp?) on the water ! Great exhibits, lots of woodies etc.
Just around the corner is the Duyfken replica, a Dutch VOC East Indian from around 1600, which used to ply the Cape Good Hope/Indian Ocean route to Batavia/Indonesia....the Spice Islands. This about 60ft jewel was sailed from Australia to Holland in 2001/2 in a re-enactment. Built totally of traditional materials and methods in Fremantle mostly by volunteers with oak and pine imported from Latvia. A few problems with liability insurance so not able to go on board and looking for a sponsor.
Around another corner is the Wooden Boat Works doing great stuff. Run by the very affable Graham Latiff they build clinker dinghies (both plywood & solid plank), strip, and carvel. Major restorations on 20-30 ft carvel planked launchs and sailboats. A glued/planked Dragon is hanging upside down from the ceiling waiting its turn and a clinker 30 ft ex naval pinnace is being delivered next week for rebuild. They do diversion training for juvernile offenders, nice kids, nice place, nice people. They also offer an 18 month fully accredited training course in wooden boat building. Contact:-
Wooden Boat Works
Western Australia 6959 (PO Box 1091)
Phone 61 8 93359477
Fax 61 8 93364339
We then repaired to the 'Little Creatures' micro brewery which is housed in the building sheds where the 'Endevour' replica of Capt. Cook fame was built .. believe she is still plying the oceans including visits to Britain etc..
A lovely time was had by all... well worth the visit !