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In 1837 HMS Beagle set off on a survey of Australia, and is shown here in an 1841 watercolour by captain Owen Stanley of Beagle's sister ship Britomart.

'Barrow Island' one of the plates from 'Watercolours of fish from Australian waters' by James Barker Emery. Emery entered the Royal Navy in 1808 and had a colourful career that included two circumnavigations of the world surveying on the coast of east Africa - including work on the suppression of slavery - and some months as an unsanctioned 'governor' in Mombasa. He joined HMS Beagle in 1837, under Captain Wickham for the survey of the Australian coast.

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HMS Beagle 20 Wooden Tall Ship Model Boat Nautical Decoration >>> For more information, visit image link.

By Charles Darwin - Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage around the world of H. M. S. 'Beagle' under the command of Captain Ftiz Roy, R. N., - Biodiversity Heritage Library

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A LEGO Ideas project, HMS Beagle, complete with Darwin, Fitzroy, and a number of cool accoutrements. Support it! It’s easy and free to support this project: just go to the project’s page and click “support” in the upper-right-hand column. You have to register, but it takes just a minute and there’s no obligations or anything.