I came across this quotation in a book of (author) Jane Austen's letters, recounting her brother George's activity: "...industriously making and naming paper ships, at which he afterwards shoots horsechestnuts..." from the early 1800s. Thoughts? I know it's possible, but is it likely?
The Austen folks seem to think so: https://www.janeausten.co.uk/paper-ships/. You have to have or create an account to see the full article, but it includes a link to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=1wu5oKy4m5s Thoughts?