HMS Beagle: The Story of Darwin's Ship
For such a famous ship, surprisingly little has been known about HMS Beagle, from the details of her construction to her final resting place. While the "Darwin Voyage" has been celebrated in the history of exploration, her other two voyages - a prior survey of South America, including Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, and the first complete exploration of the coasts of Austr...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company
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An interesting history is given of the Beagle (the boat, not Darwin). There were three major expeditions of the Beagle – two to Tierra del Fuego and the third to Australia. The last two of these were five years in length. Darwin was on the middle voyage rounding the South American continent to the Galapagos Islands, and then circum-navigating the globe through the Pacific and Africa off Cape Horn. The nature and extent of these voyages boggles the mind. The author could have placed more emphasis...more