Traces of timbers thought to be from HMS Beagle were found in a marsh at Paglesham, Essex in November 2003. After three major scientific expeditions, the ship saw out her days as a Coast Guard ‘watch vessel’ in these Essex marshes.

Today there is little to see above ground, but radar and geophysical techniques have revealed a buried structure the size and shape of the Beagle. Samples from the structure have been analysed to search for evidence that the timbers may have spent time in Pacific or Australian waters.

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  • The Middleway, Paglesham, Essex, UK