Friday, 19 May 2017


It was only 20 years after the innovation of waterproof fabrics by applying solvent rubber to cotton (Charles Macintosh, 1823, [5]) that Halkett introduced his 'Cloth-Boat'. 'Cloth' resembled both, it was the first inflatable watercraft at all, thus fully made of 'cloth'. But it was also indeed a piece of clothing, as it could be worn as a cloak.

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