Catalpa Talk - Fremantle's Very Own Great Escape Story Sat 28 Jul 2018 2:00pm – 4:00pm 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. Book Now! Credit: Fenians Festival Getting Here Address WA Maritime Museum Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160, Australia Phone 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. View the discussion thread.