The barge of Napoleon - a wooden ship well preserved still today
The French barge LE CANOT IMPERIAL was built in 1811 for Napoleon's inspection of the fortifications of Antwerp. This barge, which is 17.21 m long and 3.35 m wide, was built in only 21 days, including all the decorations. A large team of carpenters and sculptors worked day and night. The magnificent sculptor work was done by van Petersen. On the bow Neptune rode a dolphin, with crown and trident. He is accompanied on each side by winged tritons, each followed by a dolphin. Neptune resembled here rather a young hero than an old sea god.
Napoleon used this pretty small boat only once, on the occasion of his visit to Antwerp. Afterwards the barge came to Brest, where it was used also only rarely, actually only at festive opportunities like the visit of Napoleon III 1858 and the visit of the president of the republic 1903. Today the ship is on display in the entrance hall of the Musée de la Marine in Paris. I took some photos of the barge in the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
The model boat LE CANOT IMPERIAL, photos, description and dimensions
This beautiful model of the LE CANOT IMPERIAL is a masterpiece. Length is 160 cm, width 44 cm, height 72 cm, including the board stand. Length without board is 152 cm, width 30 cm.
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There are several views of the barge model.