During research we rely on the premise that “there is no need to invest huge resources to obtain information and knowledge that have already been developed and published by many scholars and are available to the public.
Since the second half of the twentieth century, many investigations were carried out to rebuild the HMS Beagle, we began our research by collecting and studying documents and publications on the subject, such as:
- David Stanbury’s “A narrative of voyage of HMS Beagle” published by Folio Society in 1977,
- Louis Darling’s “Voyage summarizer, research and reconstruction” published by Sea History Press in 1984,
- Keith Stewart Thompson’s “HMS Beagle: the history of Darwin’s ship” published by Norton &Co in 1995
- and especially the detailed work of Carl Heinz Marquardt “Survey ship extraordinary” published by Conway Maritime Press in 1997,
We also visited the excellent 1:5 scale model on display since 2009 at the “Museo del Mar” in Vigo, Spain, where the ship could be seen in every detail, (Let me thank the Museum in Vigo for their excellent help) and studied and visited many other articles and materials on the legendary ship.
The main task is now to create a real ship, out of all information collected through the research process. With great respect and affection, and with only modest resources available to the museum.
In ancient times, shipbuilding also meant ship modeling, for two simple reasons:
Generally, the ship owners wanted to see their ships in a smaller version to possess it and show it in formal occasions (if the shipowner was a king to show the model ship to him before departure was compulsory)
The construction of the models of the ship was the easiest way to avoid major problems during the construction of the actual ship, having as a base for evaluting those experienced during the construction of the model.