Nonetheless, it is good to be
reminded of the evidence for his
nobility of character, as well as his
considerable achievements, which
tend to be overlooked due to focusing
solely on his role as captain of
Darwin’s famous voyage.
For instance, having recorded
weather patterns in the North
Atlantic, FitzRoy developed a storm
warning system using visual signals
that were hoisted from a mast or
pole on shore, visible from ships at
a distance. His system used lights
inside triangles or squares, cones and
cylinders to warn ships of dangerous
winds or gales. Soon afterwards, the
new system was adopted by France
and then other countries.
From what is known of this kind
and generous man, Robert FitzRoy
would doubtless have been delighted
that many lives were saved as a
Darwin’s world-shaking Beagle voyage
Ironically, it was FitzRoy himself who had presented Darwin with a copy of
Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology, a decision he came to greatly regret. Its
rejection of the Flood and promotion of what is now called ‘deep time’ provided
Darwin with just what he needed for his emerging anti-biblical hypothesis.
2009 was the year of the Darwin bicentennial, and
CMI raised funds globally to produce a very high
quality documentary on the Beagle’s journey, The
Voyage that Shook the World.
Movieguide.org called it “one of the best-produced documentaries ever made”. In addition
to dramatic reconstructions of aspects of
Darwin’s life and famous voyage, superb on-site
photography shows scientists re-examining, in
the light of modern knowledge, the geological
sites and animals that helped persuade Dar win.
This is a gentle yet powerful way to prise open
closed minds on creation/evolution! Available
as DVD, Blu-Ray or video download at creation.
com/store, also bulk prices for giveaways.
References and notes
1. Barlow, N. (ed.), The Autobiography of
Charles Darwin, Collins, London, 1958,
2. Gribbin, J. and Gribbin, M., FitzRoy:
The Remarkable Story of Darwin’s
Captain and the Invention of the
Weather Forecast, Headline Book
Publishing 2004, p. 290.
3. Thomas, L., My World of Islands,
Kindle Edition, 2011.
4. MacQuarrie, K., Life and Death in the
Andes, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,
5. Ref. 2, pp. 21–23.
6. Ref. 4, pp. 346–347.
7. Ref. 2, pp. 48–49.
8. See captaincooksociety.com/home/
detail/endeavour , accessed 24 March
9. Ref. 2, pp. 53, 84–85.
10. Ref. 2, p. 62.
11. Ref. 2, pp. 96–97,
12. Sibley, A., FitzRoy, Captain of the
Beagle, Fierce Critic of Darwinism,
Acts & Facts 34( 11), 2005, www.icr.org.
13. Ref. 2, pp. 189–190.
14. Herbert, Sandra, Charles Darwin:
Geologist, Cornell University Press,
2005, pp. 190–192.
15. Fitzroy, R., King, P., and Darwin, C.,
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages
of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and
Beagle Between the Years 1826 and
1836: Describing Their Examination of
the Southern Shores of South America,
and the Beagle’s Circumnavigation
of the Globe, 1839. This was a three
volume work; Fitzroy was principal
author and editor of the first two
volumes, accessible online at archive.
org. See also ref. 14, p. 191.
16. Ref. 15, pp. 641–645, accessed 25 March
17. See creation.com/wilberforce-huxley.
18. The report was in the magazine
Athenaeum, quoted in Ref. 14, p. 192.
19. Ref. 2, p. 208.
20. See nzhistory.govt.nz/people/robert-fitzroy.
21. Harris, P and de Cogan, D. (eds), Studies
in the History of Tax Law, Vol. 7, p. 323.
22. Ref. 2, pp. 256–258.
23. Ref. 2, pp. 263–265.
NICOS KALOYIROU LL. B., LL. M.
Born in Cyprus, Nicos gained his bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in law at the University
of Adelaide, South Australia, the city in which
he has practised as a legal practitioner for
over 20 years. Creation information and
materials played a prominent role in his
conversion while a student at university.
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