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Darwins Sea Change In the mid 1830s The British ship the Beagle set out to survey the shores of Chile Peru and other islands in the Pacific and to carry a chain of chronometrical measurements around the world The ships captain was Captain Fitzroy The young religious captain was set out for five long years to run the Beagles crew Unfortunately the role of captain did not allow any social contact with the other ships crew mates other than work This meant that Fitzroy had to dine alone and would only talk to the other officers about the ships business The 26 year old captain also knew how bad it was for your mental health to be aboard a ship for five whole years with practically nobody to talk to especially with such a bad history of mental health in his family Several years earlier Fitzroys uncle had killed himself However the navy did not like the Captains to bring their wives family or friends along Therefore Captain Fitzroy ended up finding another aristocratic nobleman to bring along the journey to be the ships natural historian or more importantly someone to keep him company It turned out that Charles Darwin was asked to join and he accepted He barely knew the captain but said yes anyhow Darwin only lasted a year or so as the natural historian before he took over Robert McKormicks job McKormick was the ships naturalist and did not get along with Darwin at all When Darwin did take over which did not take long McKormick actually left the ship and went back to Britain Even before Darwin became the naturalist he did more then just eat dinner with the captain to keep him sane He would collect specimens in the foreign lands and do his experiments When he became the naturalist though Darwin gained the right to do more than what the captain wanted him to This led to
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