2009: Stad Amsterdam follows Darwin’s Beagle trip

In September 2009, Dutch national TV broadcasting Company VPRO assigned Clipper Stad Amsterdam to sail from Plymouth. In eight months time, Stad Amsterdam sailed around the globe, tracking the passage which Charles Darwin made on board of the ship Beagle from 1831 to 1836.

This recreation was part of Darwin’s 200th birthday festivities. The famous biologist, natural scientist and geologist studied local nature and geology of all of the places where the Beagle dropped her anchor. His theory regarding the evolution of species driven by natural selection was extensively developed during this legendary journey.

During the Clipper Stad Amsterdam’s world voyage, the ship acted as a ‘sailing studio’, regularly welcoming guests from the scientific community on board. This select group researched and discussed topics such as climate change and environmental challenges.

Some of the renowned scientists on the journey were British biologist Sarah Darwin, great granddaughter of Charles Darwin, Flemish biologist Dirk Draulans, British travel author  Redmond O’Hanlon and palaeontologist Henk Brinkhuis.
The sailing trip went from Plymouth, England, to the southernmost point of South-America. After that, we sailed from the Galapagos islands to Australia and South-Africa.

The Clipper Stad Amsterdam’s voyage received a great deal of media coverage worldwide, on TV, radio and web. On Dutch national TV, an extensive weekly report was broadcast every Sunday.
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