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    Default Beagle yawl

    Does anyone have (or would care to produce) an image of the "yawl" that Darwin and crew sometimes used during the voyage of the Beagle?

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    Default Re: Beagle yawl

    The 26ft Deal Yawl she would have carried is shown in the book The Boats of the Men of War by W E May. Published by Chatham National Maritime Museum. It includes lines and a full set of scantlings. The lines are dated 1799 and since Beagle was launched in 1820 she would have been the same. These things were absolutely standardised down to timber and the material for every nut, bolt or rivet for yards to produce for the Admiralty. There’s enough information to build a very accurate model if you were wondering.

    The original lines plan is now kept at the Greenwich Maritime Museum...if click this link it will take you there. I’ve never managed to figure out how to get copies of the vaults contents but its probably possible though harder with covid. The book has scantlings though as well as details of all the small boats carried on Men O War.

    https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collec...cts/86919.html

    Its a very thorough well researched book...I see one used copy very cheap on Amazon uk for £2.78! A bargain.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boats-Men-W.../dp/1840674318
    Last edited by Edward Pearson; 01-13-2021 at 11:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Beagle yawl

    I am very interested and totally ignorant. I have no idea if this is relevant to what was carried on the Beagle, but a quick google search turned up this body plan from 1811, signed by the Surveyor of the Navy:
    https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collec...cts/86926.html



    and https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collec...cts/86935.html



    There are more drawings on that site.

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    Default Re: Beagle yawl

    Quote Originally Posted by pez_leon View Post
    I am very interested and totally ignorant. I have no idea if this is relevant to what was carried on the Beagle, but a quick google search turned up this body plan from 1811, signed by the Surveyor of the Navy:
    https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collec...cts/86926.html



    and https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collec...cts/86935.html



    There are more drawings on that site.
    Dammit! See?! This, THIS is why I need to make model boats. I donít really have room or money for them, either, but at least they take up less room; and I could still BUILD them ALL!!!

    Sigh...

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    Default Re: Beagle yawl

    Fitzroy had the crew, he made them available to Darwin, who was along as a guest of Fitzroy.


    Fitzroy was one of the smartest people ever. I'd love to have been privy to their conversations.

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    Thanks all for the leads.

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    Oh for more time and money and skills.

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