The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Oct. 9, 1879

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After pointing out the great faults and failures of the present style of vessels, a writer in the American Ship avers that the ship of the future will carry no ballast. If a sailing vessel, her sail area and displacement will be so well balanced that, if her rudder were lost or disabled the vessel could be guided on her course by her sails. The center of effort of sails and of gravity of vessel will be adjustable so as to harmonize with the griping influences of the lee line of flotation.

The ships of the future will not be elegant, but they will be profitable, for they will be built and under a specific service on scientific principles; they will be designed, built, loaded and navigated as they have never been, with direct reference to their equilibrium of stability, the safety of the vessel and cargo, with the lives of those on board. The material of the vessels will be steel for metallic, and bent timber framed for wooden vessels. Under the new dispensation of genius, it is claimed vessels will be non-sinkable, make their trips in much less time, with a roll angle of not exceeding eight degrees. - [Scientific American.

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The Scientific American article appeared in the Oct. 4, 1879 issue. The author apparently did not think much of Lloyd's, and one inflammatory sentence was removed for newspaper use: after "those on board" in the second paragraph, it adds, " The rating characteristics of vessels will then be determined by an international, or an independent, board; the British Lloyds will have passed away, only to be remembered as a corrupt organization."
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Oct. 9, 1879
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Oct. 9, 1879