12 February 2012

A miserable birthday aboard HMS Beagle

Sometimes even plain sailing isn't plain sailing:
12th There has been a little swell on the sea to day, & I have been very uncomfortable: this has tried & quite overcome the small stock of patience that the early parts of the voyage left me. — Here I have spent three days in painful indolence, whilst animals are staring me in the face, without labels & scientific epitaphs. — This has been the first day that the heat has annoyed us.
Charles Darwin writing in his diary aboard HMS Beagle 180 years ago today, on his 23rd birthday. In almost five years voyaging around the world, the poor lad never really overcame his dreadful seasickness.

1 comment:

Laura Lee said...

Amazing...just amazing. I shall never complain about bad field study conditions without thinking of dear Darwin.