Compare to another recorded example in the Ontario Museum, Canada, donated by Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet.
These troop landing craft were used under the cover of ships moored off the coast who would bombard the enemy battlements while troops were being rowed ashore. The first time such boats were used was in the attack on the heights of Abraham at Quebec.
The boats would break down in kit form. All the inside components could be removed, so that they would nest inside each other for ease of transport.
Admiral Lord Collingwood (1748-1810) took his first serious command in 1781 and served with Nelson in the Napoleonic wars. He commanded the 'Royal Sovereign' at Trafalgar and in 1805 was raised to the peerage. He is laid to rest side-by-side with Lord Nelson in St. Paul's Cathedral.