27 December 2008

177 Years Ago Today

After having been twice driven back by heavy southwestern gales, Her Majesty's ship Beagle, a ten-gun brig, under the command of Captain Fitz Roy, R. N., sailed from Devonport on the 27th of December, 1831.

As opening lines to great adventure stories go, it's one of the best. One-hundred and seventy-seven years ago today, Charles Darwin set sail on a journey which would forever change the way in which we see our world.

The world needs more HMS Beagles.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

I did not know that was *the* day ~ my birthday is even more cool now! Can't wait to find out when your launch date will be!