13 November 2007

Beagle becalmed:

River Plate 11 November 1832

The wind is unfavourable & we do not make much progress.

Montevideo 12 & 13 November
The wind continues dead in our teeth & although carrying on night & day we get on very slowly.
(From Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary blog)

That's why the rebuilt Beagle will have engines. We'll use them as little as possible, noisy filthy things, but sometimes we'll just have to cover the miles. There will be shore parties of scientists to meet up with, events to be Beagled-up, parties of school kids to bring aboard, exhausted voyage crew to send for a bath and a sleep, TV programmes waiting to be made, samples to send to labs, dignitaries to be given tea and cake.

No comments: