The British Association at Plymouth

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    FEW towns in the United Kingdom have so much to interest alike the scientific and the general visitor as Plymouth; and the meeting there of the members of the British Association in August next should prove alike pleasant and profitable. For the general visitor it will perhaps be enough that the Plymouth Hoe is one of the finest promenades in England, and that the landscapes of the neighbourhood are at once most varied and most attractive. The man of science will be able to enjoy all this and a good deal more. The zoologist may if he pleases revel in dredging expeditions in and off the Sound, which are sure to yield an ample reward. For the mechanician there are three of the most no able works of modern engineering skill to inspect—the Eddystone Lighthouse, the Plymouth Breakwater, and the Royal Albert Bridge, while the Government dockyards and factories at Devonport and Keyham, and the war vessels which stud the Hamoaze, will have a general as well as a special interest. One of the most enjoyable excursions of the Exeter meeting was that to the Three Towns, on which occasion the Government establishments were visited and gunnery and torpedo practice, with all the latest electrical arrangements, witnessed on board the Cambridge. The science of war has by no means stood still since then. The botany of the locality presents some peculiar features, and the algology is very rich.

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    The British Association at Plymouth . Nature 16, 169–171 (1877) doi:10.1038/016169b0

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