This Thing Of Darkness

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

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01Rio De Janeiro, November 13, 182820060206

Christian Rodska reads from Harry Thompson's novel based on the famous voyage of the Beagle and the careers of her young captain, Robert Fitzroy, and the ship's naturalist, Charles Darwin.

Abridged by Tamsin Collison.

The Beagle begins a two year mission to map the waters and coasts of South America.

02Dungeness Point, Patagonia, April 1, 182920060207

The crew of the Beagle encounter giant Indians who paint themselves in red and white crosses.

03Tierra Del Fuego, December 182920060208

Fitzroy and his crew discover the natives have an uncanny ability to mimic English.

04Desolate Bay, Tierra Del Fuego, February 183020060209

The Natives attack the crew and steal The Beagle's whaleboat.

05York Minster, Tierra Del Fuego, 3 March 183020060210

The Beagle picks up some unexpected passengers.

06Rio De Janeiro, August 1, 183020060213

As The Beagle nears the end of her mission, the ship picks up four native Fuegians.

07Plymouth, October, 183020060214

The Beagle arrives back in England and the four Fuegians are sent to school.

08London, August, 183120060215

As The Beagle prepares for her second voyage, a young Charles Darwin applies for the post of Ship's Naturalist.

09London, August, 183120060216

Captain Fitzroy and the Fuegians are granted an audience at St James' Palace with King William and Queen Adelaide.

10 LASTPlymouth, December, 183120060217

Charles Darwin is shocked to discover some of the more brutal realities of life at sea.

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