Tag Archives: beagle voyage

Book review: ‘Evolution's Captain: The Tragic Fate of Robert FitzRoy, the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World’ by Peter Nichols

Biography of the captain of HMS Beagle.

Book review: ‘Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary’ by R.D. Keynes

A complete transcript of Darwin's Beagle Journal.

Book review: ‘Fossils, Finches and Fuegians: Charles Darwin's Adventures and Discoveries on the Beagle, 1832-1836’ by Richard Keynes

A detailed account of Darwin's Beagle voyage.

Book review: ‘HMS Beagle: Survey Ship Extraordinary’ by Karl Heinz Marquardt

Meticulously detailed ship's plans of HMS Beagle, for anyone thinking of making a model or replica.

Book review: ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’ by Charles Darwin

Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the World.

Book review: ‘Charles Darwin: Vol.1: Voyaging’ by Janet Browne

Part 1 of an entertaining two-part biography of Charles Darwin.

185 years ago today...

On 22nd May, 1826, His Majesty's Ship 'Beagle' set sail from Plymouth on a surveying voyage to South America.

Serendipitous juxtaposition

Two items just came up one after the other on my RSS reader. Their juxtaposition pleased me.

The Beagle entertains a royal visitor

...in the large, awkward shape of Queen Pomarre of Tahiti.

Darwin eats an excellent cat

As a former card-carrying member of the Glutton Club, Charles Darwin was pretty unsqueamish when it came to sampling strange flesh, but he did not at all relish the idea of eating calf foetus while travelling is South America. Fortunately, it turned out to be something decidedly more appetising: We did not reach the posta…