15 ft 4 in
5 ft 3 in
This is a tender to the much larger 'Swan' which was also built in the form of a bird and could seat sixteen to dinner.
This is the 'folly' (and the SWAN was undoubtedly folly) which, though usually impractical, is far from the manifestion of a madman with too much money that we so often suppose it to be. For, as will be seen from the biographical notes, Captain Peacock was a highly industrious and intelligent man. Perhaps more accurately the folly illustrates the superb self-assurance of the successful Victorian.
The Cygnet was built in 1881 by Dixon & Sons, the Exmouth boatbuilders. Her role was that of tender to the Swan. Both craft were built on the orders of one Captain George Peacock, but the Swan was unfortunately destroyed in the mid-1960's having survived for more than a hundred years.
These craft are worth comment for the very Victorian trait they illustrate.
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