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I thought this was interesting. Looks like a big umbrella! (Too bad the magnification tool doesn't really do very much in terms of enlarging the image.)

The Boat-cloak or cloak boat invented by Peter Halkett, R.N.

Description of Cloak Boat

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Ah...it seems the umbrella thing in the NMM image acted as a sail for the boat.

A CLOAK BOAT
A cloak boat manufactured of India rubber from the design of Lieutenant R.A. Halkett, R.N. by Mr. Matthews of Charing-Cross, has been thus experimented with:—A blue cloak, of the Macintosh make, was laid on the floor of a shed, the outside being next the door, and a wicker sort of mat was deposited on it, which formed a flat bottom, the cloak having an air-proof cylinder; and within one minute it was thoroughly inflated, and thus suddenly metamorphosed into a boat, glided into the water, a gentleman being seated in it, and rowing at different intervals with a couple of hand-paddles shaped like looking-glasses. This boat is extremely serviceable to persons travelling, for the purpose of crossing rivers or streams where no other means are at hand. It is instantly available, and can, in cases of necessity be converted into an excellent bed. The weight of this kind of boat, with bellows and paddles, is about nine pounds. An umbrella to act as a sail can also be furnished if required.

From: Chambers's Edinburgh Journal (1851) Volume XV.

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