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Wondrous Treasure, Expeditions, and Scurvy! Year 4 at the Maritime Museums

It was a day filled with beautiful weather, amazing discoveries, and learning encounters by students and parents.

Recently, the Wilson Year 4 class went on an excursion to Fremantle to visit the Shipwrecks and the Maritime Museum.

Here are three poems students wrote in response to their day:

In Fremantle by the sea, there’s a Maritime Museum for you and me.
The rust-bucket at the top of the stairs called a submarine, but nobody cares.
The mega-mouth shark was very large, to me he looked bigger than a barge.
His many teeth are very neat, but we are safe because plankton is all he’d eat.
We came upon wondrous treasure from far off shores, they included gold, pearls and different ores.
Not far from the treasure, some spices from Africa were found,
My favourite spice, the cloves, are to chew on for a toothache to stop the moaning sound.
In the blue room, there were sharks, turtles and fish, out of the shadows came eels that make you squeamish.
In the Shipwrecks Museum it tells de Vlamingh’s journey by ship, he collected curiosities as he travelled on his amazing trip.

Katie Steadman

Willlem de Vlamingh worked for the VOC.
He was a Dutch explorer who travelled by sea,
Searching for spices and treasures was his goal,
While mapping the coastline, he discovered Dirk Hartog’s plate.
Many ships were sent out by the VOC,
Trading spices, silver, cotton and tea.
But not all expeditions succeeded, losing ships was a great cost,
Out of many ships, the Batavia, was one of those lost.
Launched in 1595, at the spice islands the Duyfken arrived,
After many battles going to and fro, you can now see a replica in Freo.

Jemimah Radford

What can you do at the Shipwrecks and Maritime Museums?
You can learn about scurvy and its horrible symptoms,
Bleeding eyes, bulging eyes and all the more!
People thought that drinking urine would help, but the cure was to eat fresh food.

Olivia Kum

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