The Canot Imperial was built (within 21 days except the decoration) according to the plans made by the engineer Guillermare. The decoration was luxurious. Napoleon I made use of this vessel to visit Antwerp harbour. In 1858, Napoleon III as well as the Empress had also utilized this marvellous vessel. In 1943, the Canot Imperial was brought back by train to Paris. The Canot Imperial can now be visited at the Maritime Museum.