The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

John Rennie

A famous engineer for bridges and docks throughout the country, his grandest executed work has to be the mile-long protective breakwater at Plymouth Sound, started in 1811 and completed in 1848. He undertook the task with Joseph Whidbey and had to bequeath it to his son John Rennie (Jnr) to be completed. Its scale was admired by Napoleon when he arrived as a prisoner at Plymouth in 1815, to Rennie's gratification.

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