Gosling and Schnitz at AMI meeting

Gosling and Schnitz at AMI meeting

Question – Why did the HMS Begle have a poop deck?

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About cgosling

I am a retired medical/scientific illustrator who has given up illustration to write about science, superstition, and secular humanism. I consider myself all of the following: atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinker, skeptic, and nature lover. I have several published books but the mass of my writing is unpublished. I write children's fiction, poetry, essays, and several plays and radio theater shows, that are available as free downloads to be used on secular podcasts and meetings. They can be heard on Indy Freethought Radio. I hope some of my writings will be of interest to like minded freethinkers who I cordially invite to respond.
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One Response to Gosling and Schnitz at AMI meeting

  1. cgosling says:

    Gary Schnitz, long time friend and big shot in the Association of Medical Illustrators, asked me a question he thought I, impersonating Darwin, could not answer. Did H.M.S. Beagle have a poop deck, and what was it used for. He wondered, as I did, if the poop deck was a term that sailors used for the location used for defecation. He got a big laugh from the audience at my embarrassment. I meant to look this up a long time ago, but here is the answer, better late than never. From the Latin Puppis or stern deck. It was the area that Darwin used for his cabin. Unfortunately, Darwin’s height was greater than the poop deck cabin height so he had to spend almost five years stooped over whenever he was in his cabin. I’ll know how to answer the question next time.

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