HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle

Richard Painter built this model of the famouse HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to conceive the theory of evolution.

Built by Richard Painter from a modified kit over a five-year period.
The model has a double-planked-on-bukhead hull. It’s made of
basswood, mahogany, walnut, and linen and cotton threads. Model
railroad paint was used as a finish.

The HMS BEAGLE was ordered by the British  Admiralty in 1817, and launched in 1820.  She served as a survey barque on two expeditions to Patagonia, on the second of which the young geologist Charles Darwin was the scientist appointed to the voyage.  They circumnavigated the globe, surveying the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America, and made the now-famous stop at the Galapagos Islands.

Period: 1820-1870
Model is 24” long, 19” tall
Scale is 1/16”= 1 foot

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