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|Complete:||Isambard Kingdom Brunel|
Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603 – 10 October 1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. (Source: Wikipedia)
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|1||Hey, you there!|
Help! We have been attacked. Send a boat for us before the savages kill us all!
Thank God you were around. A few of my men are still on the beach. Please send some of your sailors to help them. They are good men, I would feel horrible if I left them here to die.
This has been a really unsuccessful trade voyage. We were supposed to buy spices from the natives. But something must have made them angry. Now I don't have the money, nor the spices.
Well, thank you, captain. We could try to buy some spices with the money you gave me on another island. But I am not sure if we want to risk a new attack. I will leave the decision to you.
|5||Right you are|
Let's not take any more risks and head back to Amsterdam. I don't look forward to explaining this to the company. If I could at least get some precious materials, that might placate them a bit.
This was actually my first contract for the VOC. Don't you know the Dutch East Indies Company? If you want to mean something in the sea trade, you have to be one of them. I'll tell you about it while we eat.
I am not a fan of weapons so I went completely unarmed on this mission. It might have been a mistake. Next time I will take at least a kitchen knife to the negotiations. I have learned my lesson.
|8||Here we are|
You can come with me. I will introduce you to the higher-ups. They might even give you a contract too when I tell them how you helped me. Just wear something more respectable.
|9||Got a job|
VOC needs a lot of captains to sail to the Indies right now. The spice trade is flourishing. We can sail together to Batavia, the capital of Dutch East Indies, as soon as our fleet is in shape.
|10||Gone for long|
I got a contract for 10 years in Batavia. I can't leave my wife alone here for so long. She will come with me. I will introduce you tonight. You can let your sailors take care of the preparations.
We will be away for a long time and I will need some money for the life in Batavia. I think we should sell our house here. It's not exactly new, so we could renovate it a little before selling it.
|12||No buyer found|
Selling a house is no easy task. I will leave it in the care of a friend. Maybe he can sell it while we are gone. I should probably bring him a bottle of wine or something for the trouble.
My wife has never been on such a long voyage. But I bet if she has her favorite food, she will enjoy the time at sea. Let's just hope she doesn't get the seasickness.
Weigh the anchor, captain, and let's head for Batavia. I have been there before. It's a lovely exotic town full of coconut trees, wooden houses, and colorful flowers. Just beware of the mosquitos.
Welcome to Batavia, our new home. I have bought a house in town with the help of one of my friends here. I advise you do the same. Houses are pretty cheap here and it is a good investment.
A lovely house you have here. It's a bit smaller than ours but you are at sea most of the time anyway, right, captain? Now just to fill it with some furniture. I know an excellent local carpenter.
|17||Planning a pool|
I am building a small pool in my garden. This hot weather just asks for a cooldown in the water. Do you want to help? I promise I will invite you for a pool party once it's finished.
I had a meeting with the Council of the Indies this morning. They are sending me on an expedition. You can come with us, captain. I know you love adventure. Just gather your sailors and we can set out to sea.
I know you must be dying from curiosity. So bring a bottle of wine and I will tell you about our mission. But keep it to yourself. The VOC likes to keep their plans secret.
We are going to explore the Beach. This is the northern part of Terra Australis or New Holland, as we call it. I will show it to you on the map. But first let's take a break, I got hungry from all the talking.
We are ready to set sails. Before you join me, make sure your fleet is busy. The Council requested a shipment of iron scheduled in a few weeks. Make the arrangements and let's go.
|22||I need a loan|
The VOC is financing this expedition but they are skimpy. We can hardly pay the crew with what they gave us. Of course, once we return with something valuable the reward will be worth it.
We have now been at sea for almost a month. I would welcome solid ground under my feet again. And we need to refill our water supplies. Tell the men to look out for land.
|24||Land on the horizon!|
There! Let's anchor in the bay. This island looks pretty large and green. I bet there will be a river or two. And we could also use some timber to repair the ships.
We must continue east. Don't forget to send a part of your fleet back to Batavia. The VOC is expecting shipments of resources we find on this voyage. Look out for precious stones, metal ores, or exotic woods.
|26||I am freezing|
We must have ventured too far south. I did not expect a snowstorm on this expedition. I have no warm clothing with me. Set the course northeast and bring something that will warm us up.
The weather has calmed and look there! Can you see it? It's the first land we have sighted in the Southern Sea. The waters here are full of fish. We should make use of this and replenish food supplies.
|28||Point me north|
Let's get a bit closer to the island so we can have a better look. However, we should continue north. Do you have a working compass? Mine fell into the water yesterday.
|29||Van Diemen's Land|
I will record this as Van Diemen's Land. Mr. Van Diemen sponsored this expedition, so we should honor him by naming this land after him. Still, he could have been a bit more generous with the money.
|30||Prepare the flag|
We are supposed to claim this land for the Dutch so we will have to anchor in the bay in front of us. Prepare the Dutch flag. Make sure the pole is sturdy and stays up even in the coming storm.
|31||We have to get wet|
This storm blows us away from the bay each time we want to enter. And I have seen a lot of rocks in the water. If we want to plant that flag on the beach, a few men will have to swim there.
|32||I trust you most|
Can you accompany the sailors swimming to the beach and make sure they fasten the flag among the rocks? The sand could be easily washed away by the sea. I know I can trust you to take care of it.
|33||A drink to discovery|
Good job, captain. Now we can sail on. But first, come into my cabin. We should drink to our first discovery on this voyage.
|34||Harpoon in hand|
The winds are unfavorable here. We can't continue north. We must go east. If you spot some fish, make sure you have a harpoon on hand. We are running out of supplies again.
Any luck with the fish? I think the ones we acquired during the last fishing stop have gotten foul. I have enough trouble trying to keep the course. If I fail, the winds will blow us who knows where.
|36||Are we in America?|
I see land ahead again. I guess this will be the southern tip of the South Americas. There is supposed to be an island there. Do you think there will be some people willing to sell us food and water?
|37||We need water|
The supplies of fresh water are depleted. We either find people willing to sell us some or we need to get to a river. Let's get the empty barrels on a boat and head for the island.
We have been attacked! Call the men back! We are not equipped to fight the natives and we don't want to make enemies anyway. We should avoid them if possible.
They have killed a few of our men. Let's look for a better place for landing. We must find water or we will all die. We can bury the unlucky lads on the other side of the island.
They were good men, fine sailors, and loving husbands. We will honor them by naming this shore the Murderer's Bay so that everyone knows what happened here. Now let's have a toast to our fallen comrades!
|41||They want results|
It's time we head back to Batavia. We have made some discoveries and regretfully lost a few men. But Board of VOC will want to see material results. We should take some of the ore we found near the shore.
We have scratched some rocks under water. We need to send out survey boats to check the water ahead. Select a few men who will take care of it. This is a dangerous terrain.
|43||Out of the danger|
We made it but it was not easy. The men did a good job navigating us between the rocks. Let's make them a nice dinner from the remaining supplies. We should be home soon anyway.
|44||Back in Batavia|
It seems nothing has changed here. I am in a hurry to get home to my wife. But then we should freshen up a bit and go visit the Council. They are surely waiting impatiently for a report from us.
|45||Show them everything|
If you have something interesting from our expedition, be sure to bring it with you. The Council will be interested in all records and notes we have made. Pack it all in a box and let's go.
So we have failed. At least in the eyes of the Council. We have brought no promising trade partners or new trade routes. That's all they have interest in. It made me kind of frustrated. Let's go get a drink.
Do you have some materials from the voyage back on your ship? I need to convince the Company to sponsor another voyage. I know there are still important things to discover.
Round up the guys! We are going on a second voyage. We will have three ships so make sure we have enough people to have a full crew in all of them.
|49||Start to pack|
Let's take some weapons this time. We can't get deterred by a few armed natives. Most of our sailors are not very experienced with a weapon, but I will feel safer if we have them.
|50||We will do better|
Our ships are in a surprisingly good shape after the last voyage. We need only to get supplies of fresh water and food and we are ready to go. I hope we can make a significant discovery this time.
We are going to map the eastern coast of New Holland. We need to find any notes or maps concerning the coast made by previous explorers. Just have some money at hand, they won't give it to us for free.
|52||Passage to the east|
There should be a passage to the east somewhere between these islands. Let's send out a few boats to survey the area here. From here I can see only rocky reefs and islands scattered around.
We must have missed the passage. We are already on the rocky shores of New Holland. Let's follow the coast. But we must be extremely careful not to hit a reef.
|54||Mapping the coast|
I have started drawing a precise map of the coast. Will you take a look at it tonight? Maybe you remember some more details about the coast. A glass of wine might help your memory.
There are some people on the shore. I have seen smoke rising up to the sky. I am thinking of sending a few guys to explore the place, but we should stay here where it's safe. What do you think?
Everything went smoothly and our sailors even got some metal items as presents. The natives have access to iron ore and they don't want to kill us. This here has the potential to become a good business.
Let's give the natives some food in return and head home. We have made some new contacts and mapped the northern coast. Originally we were headed east but I still think these are good results.
|58||Everyone is happy|
The VOC Council was happy. I was even voted to be the new member of the Council of Justice. We ought to celebrate that in my favorite inn. I would pay for it, but I have not yet received my pay.
I think I can afford to rebuild the house now. My wife wants to have kids and our house is too small for that. With the new position on the Council, I will be spending more time here with family.
My wife is pregnant, I hope it will be a son. I will give him a wooden rudder to play with and make a proper sailor out of him. My place is here now but there are still more adventures for you out there.