A beautiful day, & an excellent one for sailing, —the opportunity has been lost owing to the drunkedness & absence of nearly the whole crew. — the ship has been all day in state of anarchy. One days holiday has caused all this mischief; such a scene proves how absolutely necessary strict discipline is amongst such thoughtless beings as Sailors.
Charles Darwin’s diary of the HMS Beagle’s voyage, December 26, 1831.
In which the entirety of the crew gets dunk on Christmas and nobody is fit for duty the day after and the undocumented account of FitzRoy having a mental breakdown.