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11th November 2008
The original HMS Beagle took scientist and naturalist Darwin around the world between 1831 and 1836.
The voyage gave him the key evidence he needed to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.
The new vessel will be built in Milford Haven in Wales. She will be identical to Darwin’s on the outside – but will contain radar, GPS, two auxiliary diesel engines and lab equipment.
‘The only noticeable difference from the outside will be a GPS on the mast,’ said Mr McGrath. ‘However, inside it will be very modern, as obviously we need the latest scientific equipment, and to travel in comfort’… Read more
10th November 2008
London Evening Standard
It was the ship that carried Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands nearly 180 years ago, enabling him to make his breakthrough on the theory of evolution.
Now another HMS Beagle will depart on a new voyage of scientific discovery – this time with the help of sat-nav, engines and guidance from space.
The Beagle Trust plans to build a £5million replica of the 19th-century vessel and use it to research the effects of plankton on the world’s oceans… Read more
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