In The Children's Encyclopedia, edited by Arthur Mee which was in print from 1908 to 1964 (Vol 3, p 1614), there is an essay about Energy in which the following is asserted:
A man of science once said that there was enough energy in a glass of water to lift the whole of the Royal Navy into the air as high as St. Paul's Cathedral.
Can anyone help me locate the source of this quote? Who stated this? When? In what context? I figure the quote has to date roughly post 1697 when the building was consecrated and sufficiently before 1908 to allow for writing, editing and publication. I also assume it would have been an English physicist or scientist, probably London-based, given the reference point to the cathedral.
Any ideas would be gratefully received.