Welcome on board!
This international exhibition on Tasman's journey to the Unknown Southland has been opened on November 24th at the Groningen Maritime Museum and will run until 18 February. Visitors get on board the Heemskerck, the flagship of the expedition.
It was no coincidence that the opening was held on the 24th of November: exactly 375 years ago Tasman's expedition spotted the Tasmanian coast. They were the first Europeans to sail in these waters and would put it on the world map as 'Van Diemens Land'.
Mrs Lyndal Walker (ambassador for New Zealand) and Mrs Indra McCormick (Deputy Head of the Australian mission in the Netherlands) both emphasized the good relations of our countries and their involvement in the Tasman commemorations.
Musicians of the Abel Tasman Museum in Lutjegast demonstrated 17th century dance music. The international guests were offered a reproduction of the 17th century painting "Farmers concert" (1640) and thus the chairman of the Abel Tasman Museum officially opened the exhibition.
Welcome on board
In the beautiful early-modern century building of the Groninger Maritime Museum (Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum) the visitor discovers the world view of the 17th century sailor. How ordinairy folks would eat with seven persons from one plate. How it sleeps in a hammock. Why navigator Frans Jacobsz Visscher decided to change course while at the merciless Furious Fifties. And barber Hendrik Haelbos recounts the exchanges with the Maori and the people of Tonga.