Two items just came up one after the other on my RSS reader. Their juxtaposition pleased me.
Robert FitzRoy's ceremonial sword to be auctioned.
On 16th April 1834, HMS Beagle was laid ashore on the banks of the Santa Cruz River to allow her keel to be inspected. The event resulted in one of the most iconic images of the famous ship. Read the story of the operation.
On 9th March 1833, Capt. Robert FitzRoy bought a schooner to accompany HMS Beagle.
Podcast - Robert FitzRoy FRS: sailing into the storm.