5 June 2014

HMS Beagle Project at Seafair Haven 2014

The HMS Beagle Trust has been in talks for several months with the new owner of the tall ship Earl of Pembroke, the medical company Metaco Ltd, and has secured her visit to Milford Haven for its biennial Seafair Haven classic ship festival from 7 to 14 June. The aim is to publicise the work of the Beagle Trust and its local educational partner the Pembrokeshire Darwin Centre.

The highlight will be the educational work with some 30 young people aboard the Earl of Pembroke in Milford Haven for a special outing on 11 June. On that day, the ship will join up with a research vessel from Dale Fort to capture plankton to be brought ashore and studied by the young people under the microscope later in the day. The session will be led by Beagle Trust director Dr Simon Boxall, a leading scientist at Southampton’s National Oceanography Centre, and by Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre. The initiative will replicate work done by the Beagle Trust in Brazil in 2009 alongside the local tall ship Tocorime. A team from the Welsh ITV programme Coast and Country will be there to film the occasion.  
The Earl of Pembroke in Bristol, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Stewart McPherson.

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