Charles Darwin’s Commemoration aboard Yacht La Pinta was celebrated by our guests and crew on the 15th of September, 2017, but the story begins many years ago. One 15th of September, 182 years ago, a young Charles Darwin arrived to the Enchanted Islands aboard the HMS Beagle more excited than ever to witness the magic of the islands after all the stories he’d heard. It was thanks to his interest in taxidermy, geology, and natural history that Darwin found himself invited to partake in a voyage around the world alongside Captain Fitzroy and his crew. And while Charles Darwin soon enough found out that he was not at all built for voyages at sea, he remained aboard the Beagle for its extended 5-year journey (a length of time that ended up being much longer than initially planned).
The voyage of the HMS Beagle is now around four years old. Charles Darwin has jumped to the official position of on board Naturalist, after Robert McCormick quit the position back in Rio de Janeiro. It is now September 7th, 1835 and, just about a month ago, Darwin writes to his sister Catherine: “I am very anxious to see the Galapagos Islands – I think both the Geology and Zoology will not fail in being very interesting.”
Just today, La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina Island began releasing giant plumes of steam and ash that went high into the deep blue skies of the Galapagos, mesmerizing passengers aboard serendipitous ships that happened to be in the vicinity.