At sea

Change of course

Following the instructions, Tasman's expedition headed South to the 50th latitude. In later days, the Southern Hemisphere would be notorious for its storms: there is no land mass to slow down the winds, so speeds of 80 to 100 kilometers per hour are very common. The crew on board the Heemskerck and Zeehaen is suffering from the hailstorms and cold.  Pilot-major Frans Visscher hands in a written advice to Tasman that will eventually (two weeks later) lead to the discovery of new land.

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