Perfect is the enemy of good.
Mechanical toys and inventions were a fascination at the time. There's another famous one here.
The Tpoo liked the idea and had a few real ones about for the same purpose.
He was defeated by the future Duke of Wellington long before the Napoleonic wars.
Awesome! Thanks for posting.
Incredible machine! Thanks for sharing, Peter.
Goat Island Skiff and Simmons Sea Skiff construction photos here:
"All kings are not the same."