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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.