Raising the Beagle Accordign to this short article from the L.A. Times, a group of marine archaeologists may have found the sunken remians of the H. M. S. Beagle. Darwinophiles will recall that this was the ship upon which Darwin sailed for five years. It was during this voyage, which included an especially fateful stopover in the Galapagos Islands, that Darwin formulated his first ideas about evolution. According to the article:
After Darwin's voyage, the Beagle was attached to Britain's customs and excise department and was used to catch smugglers along the Essex coast. In 1870 the 50-year-old ship was sold to scrap merchants and the record ceases.