Tag Archives: hms beagle

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.

25-Dec-1833: The HMS Beagle Olympics

On Christmas Day 1831, the crew of HMS Beagle held their own ’Olympic Games’ at Port Desire in Patagonia.

Film review: ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’

In which I dismiss any charges of historical inaccuracy against the latest Aardman animation.

The Dickens Connection

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

Book review: ‘HMS Beagle: The ship that changed the course of history’ by Keith S Thomson

A biography of one of the most important ships in history.

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: ‘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: ‘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.