The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Jun 1857

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A new instrument, called the "Velocimeter, or leeway indicator," has recently been invented, patented in 1856. It is for determining the speed and leeway of a vessel at sea, indicating the same accurately on a dial in the cabin of a vessel. We examined one of these instruments Saturday, on board of the new schooner "Invincible," now in port, of the Lake Navigation Co's line. It's cost is some $400, and the Captain of the Invincible thinks, from the experiences of one trip, it will answer a good purpose, particularly in thick, strong weather, in shortening the passage, keeping them from going ashore, losing lives, &c. It is a most interesting and perfect instrument, determining, like clock work, the speed forward or leeward a vessel is making, and should be adopted by vessels generally. - Chicago Tribune, 15th.

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Invincible went ashore near Tawas the next summer and was given up for lost, but was later recovered and lasted until going ashore again in a gale in 1869. Knowing where you are doesn't always mean you are where you want to be.
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18 Jun 1857
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Jun 1857