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HMS BEAGLE model ship

The ship that brought Darwin to his most important discoveries

On January 16, 1832, HMS Beagle, with a crew of 73 men onboard, arrived at the Cape Verde Islands and anchored on the island of Santiago.

It was on Santiago that Darwin made his first curious discovery.  He found a horizontal white band of shells within a cliff face along a shoreline.  The fact that this layer was forty-five feet above sea level raised some questions for Darwin. This observation, and many similar others, would later lead Darwin to develop his own theory of raising continents and sinking ocean floors.

Darwin spent most of this time exploring on land (three years and three months on land, 18 months at sea.) At Punta Alta he made a major find of gigantic fossils of extinct mammals, then known from only a very few specimens.  He collected and made detailed observations of plants and animals, with results that shook his belief that species were fixed and provided the basis for ideas which came to him when back in England, and led to his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Darwin kept a diary of his experiences, and rewrote this as the book titled Journal and Remarks, published in 1839.  This travelogue and scientific journal became widely popular, and was reprinted many times with various titles, becoming known as The Voyage of the HMS Beagle.

HMS Beagle sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, and then carried out detailed hydrographic surveys around the coasts of the southern part of South America, returning via Tahiti and Australia after having circumnavigated the Earth. While the expedition was originally planned to last two years, it lasted almost five.

The brig-sloop HMS Beagle was launched on May 11, 1820 on the River Thames.  She took part in a fleet review celebrating the coronation of King George IV of the United Kingdom in which she was the first ship to sail under the new London Bridge.


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This HMS Beagle model features:

  • Superior hollow hull construction (very important)

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Fine deck details

  • Realistic thin sails

  • Authentic rigging system comprised of many different sizes of rope

  • Full length masts and bowsprit per original blueprints

  • Correct boats on deck

  • Beautiful stern gallery that no other commercial HMS Beagle model can match

41" long x 31" tall x 11" wide      $2,500   

Shipping and handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $220, Canada and Hawaii $390, Europe, Middle East and Africa $450, Australia and East Asia $590.  Will be added automatically during the checkout process.  Model will arrive in about seven days.  Express 2-day service in the USA is also available during the checkout process.