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Alexander Lindsay

Alexander Lindsay

Male 1811 - 1859  (48 years)


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HMS Beagle

Alexander Lindsay was stationed on St. Helena when Charles Darwin and the Beagle arrived in July, 1836.

May 9th. -- We sailed from Port Louis, and, calling at the Cape of Good Hope, on the 8th of July, we arrived off St. Helena. This island, the forbidding aspect of which has been so often described, rises abruptly like a huge black castle from the ocean. Near the town, as if to complete nature's defence, small forts and guns fill up every gap in the rugged rocks. The town runs up a flat and narrow valley; the houses look respectable, and are interspersed with a very few green trees. When approaching the anchorage there was one striking view: an irregular castle perched on the summit of a lofty hill, and surrounded by a few scattered fir-trees, boldly projected against the sky. - from Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

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