Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

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Avondster: Jaght; 250 tons burthen; Crew: 65; England; 1640

The Avondster (Evening Star), originally named Blessing and in service for 12 years with the British East India Company, was captured by the VOC in 1653 and renamed Avondster. She sank on the night of June 23, 1659, when she was loading cargo for India anchored at Black Fort, Galle (Sri Lanka). She slipped her anchor and drifted onto the rocks before anyone noticed (?).
Dromedaris: Jaght; 560 tons burthen; Amsterdam Yard, Netherlands; 1646

The Dromedaris (Camelus dromedarius or dromedary camel) was Jan van Riebeeck's transport in a small Dutch VOC fleet (Dromedaris, Reijger, Goede Hoop) leaving Texel in December 1651 bound for Batavia but stopping (06/04/1652 - 25/05/1652) to establish a half-way post at Table Bay, South Africa (Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope) for the purpose of re-supplying and repairing VOC ships enroute or returning from the East-Indies.

Duyfken: Jaght; Length: 25 m; Beam: 6 m; 110 displacement tons; Crew: 20; Armament: 10 guns; Netherlands; 1595

On November 18, 1605, Duyfken sailed from Banda in Indonesia to search and explore new trade opportunities, particularly 'the great land of Nova Guinea and other East- and Southlands'. She charted 300 kilometers of the Australian Cape York Peninsula, which captain Willem Janszoon mistook for part of New Guinea. Finding little of immediate interest, they returned to Banda in June 1606, two months before San Pedro transited Torres Strait.

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Gloeyenden Oven: Jaght; length: 106 ft; Beam: 24 ft; Hold: 9 ft; Crew: 57; Armament: 14 guns; Zeeland, Netherlands; 1638

The Gloeyenden Oven (or Glowing Oven) was a typical three masted Jaght (or Jacht) as employed on the trade routes or used as a warship in the many raging conflicts of he time such as the Anglo-Dutch wars.
Hercules: Jaght; length: 140 voet; beam: 33 voet; Draft: 14.5 voet; Armament: 30 iron guns; Zaandam, Netherlands; 1655

The Hercules cost 25,150 Dutch guilders to built in 1655. She was a relatively large and heavily armed VOC jaght built for the East India trade. She was wrecked in 1661 at Galle (Sri Lanka).

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Limmen: Jaght; 120 gross tons; Crew: 56; Netherlands; 1637

The jaghts Limmen and Zeemeeuw and the galjoot Bracq were the three ships Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603-1659) took on his second VOC sponsored voyage to explore and circumnavigate Australia and find out whether Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) was separate from Australia and finally, also look for the wreck of the Batavia. He succeeded in determining that the Southland was a vast landmass. However, with the death of Governor-General Anthonie Van Diemen in 1645, Dutch exploration of Australia came to an end, to be picked up much later by the English with the voyages of James Cook in the 1790's.

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