Shipwreck Gallery Fremantle Reviews
The Shipwreck Gallery Jun 20, 2010
The Shipwreck Gallery is a small museum which is dedicated to the history of the shipwrecks along the Western Australian coast. The oldest of these are all Dutch because the Dutch used to come close to the Australian coast on their way to their colonies in Indonesia. Hence some ships went a bit out of course and ended up running ashore.
The museum main exhibit is a big Dutch ship which ran ashore with a large group of men. Unfortunately some of the men had decided they wanted to do mutiny and take over the ship and sail around the Indian Ocean as pirates. This plan was delayed by the ship running on shore - but it didn’t stop the plans. Instead this little group of men decided that they would form a raiding party which should take over the relief ships when they arrived. They killed most of the rest of the crew and passengers - but some escaped and warned the ship which came to the rescue of the lost crew. Hence they never manage to take over the ship and instead they were all hung.
There are other ships and information about the early exploration of Australia - which actually started on the West and North coasts - long before Captain Cook first made land on the eastern shores of Australia.
The museum is free - but they do ask for a 2$ donation on entry.
Part of the Walkabouts Down Under travel blog
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