Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may exist, but you have ceased to live.
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."