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

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 Dickens Connection

Dickens, FitzRoy and how a tragic loss at sea spurred efforts to forecast storms.

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.

FitzRoy's sword

Robert FitzRoy's ceremonial sword to be auctioned.


On this date in 1833, Capt. Robert FitzRoy bought a schooner to accompany HMS Beagle.

FitzRoy Podcast!

Podcast - Robert FitzRoy FRS: sailing into the storm.

Beau ideal of a Captain

Darwin meets Fitzroy.