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HMS Beagle: The Story of Darwin's Ship

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After having twice been driven back by heavy south-west gales, His Majesty's Ship Beagle, a ten-gun brig, under the command of Captain Fitzroy, sailed from Devonport on the 27th of December, 1813. These words open Darwin's story of his historical voyage in the Beagle. Darwin's views and his books are well known but very little is known of the ship that circumnavigated the ...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
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