William Henry Smyth

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Smyth, as depicted in his The Sailor's Word-Book

Admiral William Henry Smyth (21 January 17888 September 1865) was an English sailor and astronomer. His grandson was Robert Baden-Powell.


  • This object, which somewhat resembles a flight of wild ducks in shape, is a gathering of minute stars.
    • Of the M11 star cluster, which is now known as the "Wild Duck" cluster.
    • A Cycle of Celestial Objects, 1881 reprint, p. 544.
  • Admiral Smyth says that no family is quite civilized unless it possesses a copy of some encyclopaedia and a telescope.
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