HMS Beagle Model Ship Kit – Occre (12005)
The HMS Beagle Model Ship Kit by Occre (12005) features laser-cut parts for the framework, and double plank-on-bulkhead hull construction for ease of build. High quality wood strips are provided for hull and deck planking, wooden dowels for masts and yards, and a full set of fittings in wood, brass, and cast metal, as well as a sheet of photo-etched brass detail parts. The kit also includes colorful flags, rigging cord, display cradle, and a full set of pre-sewn sails. A pictorial instruction book and plans sheets make for an easy to understand build. OcCre brings to life, this famous ship in a kit that is designed to her 1825 specifications.
History of the HMS Beagle – Charles Darwin’s Ship
The HMS Beagle was one of the most famous ships of its time for different reasons. The most famous of all is without a doubt its journey of naturalistic research, captained by Commander Robert FitzRoy and with a young Charles Darwin on board.
The HMS Beagle was built by the Wollwich shipyards as one of the Cherokee-class of 19-gun brig sloops and was launched into the Thames River on May 11, 1820. In July of that same year, as part of the celebrations for the coronation of King George IV, the Beagle was the first ship to sail under the new London Bridge. In 1825, her armament was reduced and a mizzen mast added, changing her to a barque rig at which time she was fitted out for service as a survey ship.
In total, the HMS Beagle made 3 great trips. It was not until his second trip, when Darwin embarked. Of the almost five years that this second expedition lasted, Darwin was three years and three months on land and eighteen months at sea.