A Little Piece of Family History
“How are the canals of Great Haywood, Greece and Panama linked?”
Ingenious and Eccentric Inventor!
Throughout his life Captain Peacock was credited with creating many ingenious, water related inventions, including:
- the screw propeller
- an anti fouling paint to coat a ship’s hull
- an invulnerable floating battery
- a refuge buoy beacon
- a floating poncho, which in the event of a shipwreck could be used as a life preserver!
- the ‘Nautilus Bathing Dress’, the top half of which was inflatable and designed for “Swimming in Safety with Decorum!”
- and the iconic ‘Swan of the River Ex’, a private yacht with the appearance of a giant bird, having the proportions of a mute swan but four times as large! The vessel was built for pleasure and could seat 10 for a meal on one central table. Four smaller vessels called ‘Cygnets’ would transport passengers to the Swan, only one of which remains today and can be seen in the Topsham Museum, Devon (see photo at top of page of Chris and his family on a Cygnet in 1965).