Cape Inscription - WA



DEG: -25.484501 112.969673
DMS: 25º 29' 4.2" S 112º 58' 10.82" E
UTM: 49 J 7179938mN 697997mE
Altitude: 31.53m


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Dirk Hartog Island
Dirk Hartog WA
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Dirk Hartog visited the Cape in 1616 and was the second European to visit Australia, and possibly the first to walk on the soil.
He placed a plate detailing his visit on a post.

The inscription reads (translated to English):
"On the 25th October, arrived here the ship Eendracht of Amsterdam; the first merchant, Gilles Mibais, of Luyck; Captain Dirk Hartog; of Amsterdam; the 27th ditto set sail for Bantam; undermerchant Jan Stoyn, upper steersman, Pieter Dockes, from Bil, Ao, 1616".

In 1697 William de Vlamingh found the plate and replaced it with one of his own.

He inscibed all of Hartog's text and added:
"On the 4th of February, 1697, arrived here the ship GEELVINCK, of Amsterdam; Commandant Wilhelm de Vlamingh, of Welandt; assistant, Jan van Bremen, of Copenhagen; first pilot, Michiel Bloem van Estight, of Bremen. The hooker, the NYPTANGH, Captain Gerrit Collaert, of Amsterdam, Assistant Theodorus Heermans, of the same place; first pilot, Gerrit Gerritz, of Bremen; then the galliot WESELTJE, Commander Cornelisde Vlaming, of Vlielandt; Pilot Coert Gerritz, from Bremen. Sailed from here with our fleet on the 12th, to explore the South Land, andafterwards bound for Batavia"

In 1801 Emmanuel Hamelin found Vlamingh's plate and added another of his own.

In 1818 Louis de Freycinet removed Vlamingh's plate and took it to France.

The lighthouse has been operating since 1910 however has been automated since 1917. The quarters have now been renovated however still retain some interesting early 20th century inscriptions on the walls.
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Closest Weather Station

Denham at 20/09:00am WST
Distance from Cape Inscription 74.68km SE
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Cape Inscription 74.68km SE
Mean Max. °C30.631.831.128.525.822.921.722.423.825.527.729.1
Mean Min. °C22.022.822.019.716.513.912.713.214.816.518.620.5
Mean Rain mm7.715.314.214.037.454.840.

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