The Le Canot Imperial Ship was built (within 21 days except the decoration) according to the plans made by the engineer Guillermare.
The Emperor’s boat is a ceremonial boat built for Napoleon I and reused by Napoleon III. However, it was kept in its home port in Brest.
After that, transferred in 1943 to the Musée de la Marine in Paris. Finnaly, 73 years after the end of the war, it was returned to the Musée de la Marine in Brest.
All the above, Le Canot Imperiale is 19.04 m long, 3.70 m wide and a little over 5.45 m high. It has 2 rows of 11 decorated oars and a rear roof topped by a crown carried by 4 cherubs.
In additions, the figurehead represents Neptune. Nevertheless, designed on the plans of the engineer Guillemard. In addition the decoration was luxurious. Moreover, Napoleon I made use of this vessel to visit Antwerp harbour. After that, In 1858, Napoleon III as well as the Empress had also utilized this marvelous vessel. Therefore, In 1943, it was brought back by train to Paris. This ship can now be visited at the Maritime Museum in France.
Canot Impérial de l’Empereur Napoléon