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DUTCH HISTORY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, history, seafarers, western australia by freoview on May 23, 2016

 

I haven’t been to the Fremantle Shipwreck Galleries museum for yonkers, so after eating far too many Dutch beef croquettes the last week I decided to go and have another look.

It is a very impressive little museum that tells the story of the first Dutch seafarers who explored the west and east coast of Australia in the 1600s, about 200 years before the English and French did.

The story of the ship Batavia and the mutiny is fascinating, as are the stories of the other tiny ships that sailed all the way from Europe to trade, pirate and rob.

Put the museum on your to do list when you have visitors from interstate or overseas or spend a nice relaxing hour reading up on the intriguing history.

Roel Loopers

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FIRST LIGHT AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography by freoview on February 21, 2016

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A lone heron watches Fremantle Port when the first morning sun lights up North Quay. It was an interesting morning with five rabbits running around the South Mole where two other herons closely kept an eye on a fisherman to see if there was a feed in it for them.

If you really want to take better photos, getting up very early and staying out till after sunset is a must!

Roel Loopers

NEW ART AT FREO’S ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, city of fremantle by freoview on August 20, 2015

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This new artwork was installed at Fremantle’s Arthur Head on the grass next to the historic Roundhouse today. The work was bought from Sculpture@Bathers earlier this year and will be lit up at night.

From memory the artwork was inspired by the ANZAC ships that departed from Fremantle, but I do not have the name of the artist or the title of the work unfortunately.

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P.S.

Here information I received from curator Liz Cartell about the artwork Ships of Stories-ANZACS by Tony Pankiw and Sue Codee:

On the side of the ship are cut out images relating to the Anzacs and where they have come from within the Western Australia, New Zealand and the rest of Australia. Our research of historical data has uncovered the enormous cargo that the Anzac fleets carried. One archival photograph of an Anzac in Egypt shows him hand feeding a kangaroo. Hence the depictions on the ‘Ship of Stories’ include kangaroos and kiwis, representing the Australian and New Zealand contingents.

USS BONHOMME RICHARD DEPARTS FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, navy, usa by freoview on June 30, 2015

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It was a bit of an effort and took three tug boats to turn around the massive USS Bonhomme Richard in Fremantle port around one o’clock today.

The ship had been in Freo harbour together with the USS Green Bay and USS Preble for four days of R&R and Freo put up perfect 20+ degree winter weather for the sailors while they were enjoying themselves here.

Roel Loopers

US NAVY SHIPS LEAVE FREMANTLE AFTER R&R

Posted in fremantle, navy, united states of america, west australian by freoview on June 29, 2015

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It’s going to be quiet again in good old Freo with some 4,000 American sailors leaving today after four days of R&R here.

The USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Preble and USS Green Bay will take part in navy exercising north of here. Thank you for visiting Fremantle and boosting the retail economy. You have been very respectful visitors to our city.

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4,000 US SAILORS IN FREMANTLE FOR THE WEEKEND

Posted in fremantle, us navy, western australia by freoview on June 26, 2015

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Welcome to the 4,000+ sailors of the US Navy USS Preble, USS Bonhomme Richard and the USS Green Bay who arrived in Fremantle port yesterday and will be staying for about four days.

We had a few of them visiting the Roundhouse and it is amazing how young these warriors look. One of them who serves with the Marine Corps was very impressed with Australia and the outgoing friendliness of the people here, so keep it up Freo and make those boys and girls feel welcome here.

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MOODY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on June 6, 2015

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There was quite a strange mood in Fremantle Port this morning and it had nothing to do with the imminent sale, but was all about the weather with rain clouds hiding the rising sun. It’s quite warm though so enjoy your weekend!

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FREMANTLE WELCOMES US SAILORS

Posted in navy, usa by freoview on April 26, 2015

Fremantle has got 20% more people living here for six days with the US Navy boosting our 30,000 residents by 6,000. The navy personnel is on a well-earned R&R after months of deployment in the Middle East fighting the Islamic State.

The Nimitz Class supercarrier Carl Vincon is in Gage Road and the sailors are being ferried to Victoria Quay by the Perth Diving Academy, while the USS Bunker Hill and USS Gridley are at berth at C Shed.

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FREO CRUISE SHIPS A PHOTOGRAPHER’S DELIGHT

Posted in cruising, fremantle, photography by freoview on March 22, 2015

Fremantle’s Victoria Quay Passenger Terminal was a beehive of pensioners this morning with two cruise ships in town. The Costa Deliziosa and Pacific Jewel were anchored bow to stern and a stream of passengers alighted.

Busses and taxis were queueing up to transport the mainly elderly holiday makers to their destinations around town or take them on sightseeing trips to the Swan Valley, Pinnacles and Perth.

I got away with what I believe is a really nice series of ‘street photo’ observations of the activity at Fremantle Ports.

Roel Loopers

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FREO PORT BATTLE FOR CONTAINER TERMINALS

Posted in containers, fremantle, fremantle ports, stevedores by freoview on January 28, 2015

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The battle for the operation of the container terminals on North Quay at Fremantle Ports is getting serious with the Ports soon to announce the shortlisted operators. Present stevedores Patrick’s and DP World are having serious competition from Australian and overseas companies who have moved into port operations in the Eastern States. Part of the contract will be the development of North Quay, so the port will be there for a long time to come.

The new contracts will be for a period of 25 years from 2017, so anyone dreaming about the port leaving Fremantle any time soon and the area free for residential and commercial development will be disappointed. I am not, as I believe the working port is an integral and exciting part of Fremantle.

703,327 containers were moved at Freo port in 2013-2014 so it is a lucrative business for those who win the tender.

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