It's hard to believe that over the past 400 years over 1400 ships have gone down along the coast of WA. What a dreadful way to come to your end at the bottom of the sea. Back in the 1600's the navigational equipment was not adequate to survive the wild seas along the West coast. Above and below the remains of the Batavia, the first Dutch (VOC) East Indian Company ship sailing from Amsterdam, shipwrecked on her maiden voyage after an unsuccessful hijack, you'll have to click the Batavia link and read the grisly tale!
During 1970/74 the timbers from the stern of the Batavia, an anchor, some of the cannon and many artifacts were salvaged. The divers also brought up 137 sandstone blocks which made up into the huge portico facade you see below.. on her way to Jakarta, known then as Batavia, this was to be an impressive sea gate. There's just so much history here, if you are interested in the sea journeys of these brave explorers, the links are really informative. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe... p.s. you know there's more to come right :)