"The young people were all wild to see Lyme."
Public DomainLyme - Credit: Mattana

Fossil-rich Lyme Regis is a coastal town in Dorset, which was important at that time as a shipping/naval stop with a famous breakwater, the Cobb (below).  It is still an idyllic town, and much visited by tourists (as it was by Jane Austen in the early years of the 1800s). Once ship size exceeded the space available in the harbour, however, the town decreased in naval importance. 

Lyme Regis
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLyme Regis - Credit: Bass fishing physicist