AWHEEL on LAND & WATER
‘Swash!’ The craft took the water like a miniature liner being launched, the fore parts of the floats rising gallantly above the wavelets made by the wind, the bicycle-boat forging steadily ahead under the impetus given by the tiny screw. …Motorists hurrying along the Portsmouth Road stopped their cars, and our cyclist-sailor was soon the centre of a crowd anxious to witness some further demonstrations, which he good-humouredly gave.
– Cycling Magazine, 18th June, 1914
Mr. H.G. Belbin was an inventor who designed various applications for bicycles. On the previous page you will have seen his pedal-aeroplane. Here is his Road-and-River-Cycle.
Well, there’s nothing new under the sun, as they say. It appears that a patent existed as early as 1888 for a bicycle-powered boat, submitted by F.J. and W.H. Ross.
1889 JORGENSEN WATER BICYCLE