Last nights gale was an unusually heavy one. We were obliged to let go three anchors. The Boats were unable to bring off the wooding party, so they were obliged to make it out as well as they could during the night.
The Beagle Diary was later used to write Darwin's famous book 'Voyage of the Beagle' (1839). The narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836. Darwin describes each day of the voyage, some in intimate detail, during the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe.