The Shipwreck Galleries.
A visit to the Shipwreck Galleries in
Fremantle will leave you with an uneasy
sinking feeling. Be sure to check out
the Dutch ship
Batavia, which sunk during 1629. It has been
partially reconstructed from recovered
timbers, and looks mysterious in the semi
darkness of the gallery. The story of
Batavia is a gruesome tale of
shipwreck and mutiny. After being
shipwrecked on a small treeless island
group, the Commander sailed north in a tiny
boat to Batavia (Jakarta) for help.
Meanwhile, a few nasty types, brutally
murdered 125 of the 250 remaining shipwreck survivors.
Horrible stuff. The skeletal remains
of one of the victims is now on display, to
specifically scare young school children.
The Batavia Gallery.
The Shipwreck Galleries have several working
exhibits, so please treat them
with respect. This unfortunate visitor
taunted a restored naval canon, and spent
the remainder of her day spread evenly over
the other exhibits. The pictured
cannon was recovered from the Dutch
Regretfully, the visitor was never
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