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HMS Beagle
Tony Mallia, HM Survey Ship Beagle (1831), 1:64 model, 2009.
Courtesy Tony Mallia.

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Survey ships, similar to this model, were used by the British Admiralty in the 1760s to collect hydrographic data in the coastal waters of North America. This was Britain’s first major nautical project as they surveyed new territories gained following their victory in the French and Indian War.

The HMS Beagle, seen here, first launched in 1820 and was later adapted as a survey ship. She was used by the British to survey the southern part of South America and Oceania in the 1820s and 1830s. Charles Darwin, the naturalist, was a member of the Beagle’s second expedition.