Beagle was a Royal Navy ship,

famed for taking English naturalist Charles Darwin

on his first expedition around the world in 1831–36.

Beagle was launched

at Woolwich Dockyard, London, in 1820.

She was originally a 10-gun brig sloop,

but as there was no immediate active use for her,

she was refitted and allocated as a surveying vessel,

under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy.

Her most famous passenger was

the English naturalist Charles Darwin,

who wrote about his five-year expedition aboard her

in his travel memoir, The Voyage of the Beagle.