The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs - Vol. 2

The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs - Vol. 2

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The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs - Vol. 2

The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs - Vol. 2

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By the purchase of the Lalla Rookh , a smart sailing- yacht of 126 tons, Sir William Thomson became acquainted with navigation in a new phase. All his life he had been fond of sailing; but by the possession of this craft he acquired at first hand a most intimate knowledge of seamanship and of its needs. For many years the cruises of the Lalla Rookh occupied a considerable part of the six months between the sessions of the University. When the end of October 1870 compelled him to lay her up in the Gareloch for the winter, he left her with regret. He looked keenly forward to the first of May when he should be able to join his ship. He was now planning an expedition to the Canaries, to be followed by an extensive cruise in the Hebrides with a party of scientific friends in the coming autumn, and it became necessary to fit out the yacht with furniture and bedding. To this end he took counsel with Mrs. Tait, resulting in a lively and characteristic correspondence:--

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