Heemskerck and Zeehaen

 

 

Heemskerck and Zeehaen passing Cape Farewell, December 17 1642

Heemskerck and Zeehaen passing Cape Farewell, December 17 1642

 

Heemskerck and Zeehaen west-southwest of Steep Point; December 16 1642

Heemskerck and Zeehaen west-southwest of Steep Point; December 16 1642

 

Heemskerck and Zeehaen anchored in Golden Bay at sunset; December 18 1642

Heemskerck and Zeehaen anchored in Golden Bay at sunset; December 18 1642

These ship paintings by Robert Jenkin are based on his most recent reconstructions. Because the Sailor’s journal speaks of lowering and raising a mizzen topmast we now know that Heemskerck carried one at least some of the time, and Albert Hoving, whose reconstructions do not have one, acknowledged in 2009: “It probably means there was a sail on it too. Oops! Mizzen topsails are not mentioned in the texts I have seen.” It was also agreed by historians at the Abel Tasman 370 Seminar in 2012 that large boats would usually have been carried in the waist, as there is mention in Tasman’s journal of them being put in and out.

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Re-constructional dawing of Heemskerck, Robert Jenkin, 2014

 

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