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Old 16th May 2020, 01:24
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Originally Posted by Bergerie1 View Post
Uncle Fred and Wingnuts,

Yes it most certainly was brave, but it was not unusual in those days. If you read about some of the great sea voyages of those times, and before, you will see that such things were expected from time to time, it was part of being a sailor - one hand for the ship and one for yourself. Even in modern times it can be quite dramatic, here is a short video of a more modern ship, the Europa, in the Drake Passage.


On 13 January 1833, HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy was laid flat sixty miles WSW of Cape Horn. On board was Charles Darwin. Fitzroy, in his journal wrote, "I was anxiously watching the successive waves, when three huge rollers approached, whose size and steepness at once told me that our sea-boat, as good as she was, would be sorely tried. Having steerage way, the vessel met and rose over the first unharmed, but of course, her way was checked; the second deadened her way completely, throwing her off the wind; and the third great sea, taking her right abeam, turned her so far over, that all the lee bulwarks, from cat-head to the stern davit, was two or three feet under water.

For a moment, our position was critical; but like a cask, she rolled back again, though with some feet of water over the whole deck. Had another sea struck her, the little ship might have numbered among the many of her class which have disappeared....."

Had that happened, Darwin would not have written On the Origin of Species and Fitzroy would not have become 'the father' of Britain's Met Office.

It was a near run thing!
That'a a great video.
Amazing how a couple of tons of seawater can slosh onto the deck and then vanish through the scuppers on the next roll...
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