Science in the Age of Sail

Written by: Captain Skellett // September 2nd, 2009 // Science Communication

Oh, how my heart leapt when I heard about this!

‘Tis a ship of science, just like my own schooner! It is the Beagle Project and it’s rebuilding the tall-ship, the Beagle, which Charles Darwin travelled in before he wrote “On the Origin of Species.”

And I quote…
We aim to rebuild the ship that carried Charles Darwin around the world, starting in Darwin’s bicentenary year of 2009. The new Beagle will sail the world in Darwin’s wake, and will inspire global audiences through unique public engagement and learning programmes, and original scientific research in evolutionary biology, biodiversity and climate change.

The Beagle

Their goals are to inspire audiences to appreciate the adventurous side of science, and also to conduct cutting edge research onboard in a fully functional lab. Plus, did I mention it’s a tallship? An actual ship which travels across the ocean investigating marine science! Click on the logo below and have a scout around – they have maps for their upcoming voyages, and details on the spiffy science they’ll be conducting. Plus they have a blog here. Yarr, it doesn’t get more piratey than this!

Beagle Logo

Do you think they need a Captain?

Captain Skellett

I be Captain Skellett. Me blog started in April 2009 when I was working full time and didn’t get a chance to talk science. Now I have changed jobs and talk science all the time, but that doesn’t stop me blogging. More About Captain Skellett   Google


3 Responses to “Science in the Age of Sail”

  1. gem says:

    they wouldnt find a better captain than you, my dear! 🙂 that is exciting though. i wonder how they keep all the glass testtubes from breaking in stormy whether…

    Captain Skellett Reply:

    SexyMan: I’m not sure, stowaway might be the best bet.
    Gem: lol, thanks 🙂 I guess they have well padded cupboards…

  2. SexyMan says:

    How does one get on such a ship?

    It would be real swell for you to join the voyage.

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