180 years ago a 26 year old young Englishman prepares for the final part of his journey home on one of the most impressive round the world “gap years” in history.
August 17 1836 aboard HMS Beagle, a young Charles Darwin prepares to leave South America for the last time. Along with the Captain Fitzroy and crew of HMS Beagle, they were heading home for the first time after 5 years away.
He arrived in Falmouth harbour in Cornwall on HMS Beagle on October 2 1836.
Unlike Fitzroy and the Royal Navy crew of HMS Beagle, the often seasick Darwin would never go to sea or leave Britain again.
Read more of our past blogposts by Sandie Robb at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Mark Norris at Newquay Zoo for more about Darwin’s life and work, his life commemorated in postage stamps, the 200th Birthday celebrations in 2009, Alfred Russel Wallace, using stamps in schools or zoos as a teaching resource and celebrating many things Victorian!
Blog posted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo – Darwin Stamp Zoo blog, 17 August 2016