Catalpa Talk - Fremantle's Very Own Great Escape Story

Sat 28 Jul 2018


WA Maritime Museum

Fenian Festival in Association with the WA Museum presents, Jim Ryan, Great-Grandson of Captain George Anthony of the Catalpa.

Get onboard at the Maritime Museum, Fremantle to hear this one-off story from a direct descendant of Captain George Anthony – Jim Ryan of New Bedford USA. His account will feature personal photos and Catalpa memorabilia.

In 1876 a daring rescue took place from the beach at Rockingham. Six Irish political prisoners, Fenians, escaped from Fremantle Prison to be whisked away on an American Whaling ship, the Catalpa.

It’s the most amazing local story that hasn’t yet become a Hollywood blockbuster. The escape was played out in Fremantle, Bunbury and Rockingham.

It involved...

  • an American in Fremantle posing as a rich investor
  • a crowd funding scheme to buy a whaling boat
  • an around the world voyage
  • a brave Captain who believed in ‘doing the right thing’.

Bookings essential. Entry by donation.

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Credit: Fenians Festival

Getting Here


Victoria Quay Road,
Western Australia,


1300 134 081

By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at Red stop 1. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay Road.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.