27 December 2009

178 years ago today

As opening lines to great adventure stories go, it's one of the best:

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.

Brings a lump to my throat every time I read it.

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