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MATE S HANDBOOK TO SOUTHAMPTON.
The East of Scotland, Southampton, and Treport Steam Packet Company run a weekly steamer between Leith, Dundee, Southampton and Treport. The Cork Steamship Company despatches a steamer from Amsterdam and Rotterdam every Saturday, and sometimes from Antwerp. The Rotterdamsche Lloyd steamers sail from Southampton every alternate Tuesday, via the Suez Canal, calling en route at Marseilles. The Nederland Steamship Company has a steamer for Java every fortnight, so that the two companies between them maintain a weekly service to the Eastern Islands. The vessels of the General Steam Navigation Company also make Southampton a weekly port of call, en route from Bordeaux and several Spanish ports, proceeding to Hull, and their steamer from Charente visits Southampton every ten days on her way to London. The British and Irish Steam Packet Company's boats leave Southampton on Mondays and Thursdays for Plymouth, Falmouth, and Dublin ; and on Tuesdays and Saturdays for Portsmouth and London; giving great facilities to tourists visiting " the Land of the Shamrock." Steamers leaving the Town Quay will be dealt with under that heading.
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The Route North.
We have already spoken of the Midland and South Western Junction Railway from Southampton as far as Ludgershall, but the name of this Company actually signifies something more than is at first sight apparent. This is, in effect, the Midland Company's System of over 2,000 miles of railway, brought into direct communication with the Docks and Port of Southampton, as well as with the great Naval Arsenal of Portsmouth, and with every other important town on the South Coast, linking them firmly to the great centres of industry in the Midlands and the North. It is the actual route of the Manchester and Southampton Railway, planted by George Stephenson in 1845. Express trains, with through carriages, connect Southampton with Cheltenham, Birmingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, and Bradford. In short, the traveller in journeying northwards from Southampton, may, by means of the Midland System, and with a single through ticket, deviate also east or west at will. After leaving Ludgershall our next stop is at Collingbourne Ducis (late Norman Church), from whence we may drive to Stonehenge. Here, we may say, that drives to every interesting
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