13-Jan-1833: The day HMS Beagle nearly sank

HMS Beagle in the Straits of Magellan

Charles Darwin’s closest brush with death during the Beagle voyage came on Sunday 13th January 1833, near that most infamous of nautical perils, Cape Horn.

The great Darwin fossil hunt

Darwin's (and others') fossil barnacles. Natural History Museum.

In which a friend beyond measure arranges a behind-the-scenes visit to the Natural History Museum to see fossils collected by Charles Darwin during the Beagle voyage.