The earliest photographic
evidence we have of 'ferro-cement boats', are of the two dinghies
built by Joseph Louis Lambot in 1848, in Miraval, Southern France.
Where he also took out patents for his methods under the name
of 'ferciment', in 1855. Another small craft built in Belgium,
could be seen for many years in the 'Pelican Pool', at Amsterdam
Zoo. This one is known to date back to 1887. Carlos Gabellini
of Rome, Italy has also given us photographic evidence of his
construction of ferroboats from the 1890's. It is believed that
similar techniques have probably been known for a considerable
time, with even possible 'Roman Empire', origins.