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.