Two days later Capt. FitzRoy tried again for the Beagle Channel, but to no avail. Undaunted by this setback, FitzRoy remained determined to get his Fuegians home again. They left Windhond Bay, and spent the next few days loading. On 18 January 1833 Capt. FitzRoy took the three Fuegians, twenty-eight members of the crew, and Darwin, in the four boats down the Beagle Channel ("B" on map, below).
In the afternoon they headed into the eastern side of the Channel, and in a short time found a small cove hidden by a few little islets and camped there for the night. The next day they glided along the Beagle Channel under the watchful eyes of native Fuegians on shore. At their next camp the crew met with several natives who begged endlessly for the most trifling objects. Over the next few days they continued along the channel and camped near the northern point of Ponsonby Sound ("P" on map, above). The next morning several natives came to their camp, all of whom were very excited to see the strange "pale people" who have visited their land.
While searching for fossils along the shore of Punta Alta, Darwin came across a very interesting find. He uncovered the complete fossil of a very large animal which he could not identify at all (it turned out to be a giant ground sloth). What struck Darwin as very odd was that this fossil was imbedded in a cliff face below a layer of white sea shells, similar to the layer he found on the island of Santiago the year before.
At last Darwin heard that the Beagle was anchored in Port Belgrano, near Bahia Blanca, and rode out to meet the ship there.
After several small stops, the began their work again, sailing down and around South America.