Peter McGrath, one of the project’s founders, brought my attention to the Beagle Project. The goal is to build a replica of the Beagle and sail it in 2009 along Darwin and Fitzroy’s original route. The mission appears to be threefold: public outreach, education, and science. One of the scientific goals is a biological assessment of the changes since Darwin’s original observations. A blog is also kept for the project . Should be interesting to see how this project develops with the potential for education and research. My only criticism it that a project goal should be torment creationists at each port-of-call and chase them down with Beagle on the high seas.
As Peter notes, the rule is that all content must be related to the deep sea. I like to say I don’t make the rules,but I do. So courtesy of the Beagle Project Blog…
In 1832 Darwin improvised a net and trawled the North Atlantic:
“I am quite tired having worked all day at the produce of my net. — The number of animals that the net collects is very great & fully explains the manner so many animals of a large size live so far from land. — Many of these creatures so low in the scale of nature are most exquisite in their forms & rich colours. — It creates a feeling of wonder that so much beauty should be apparently created for such little purpose.”