The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Mon, July 9, 1884

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The schooner Florence of Port Burwell is testing a sea brake attachment, which consists of a set of iron fins that lie against her side when not in use, , but can be suddenly thrown out on a hinge for the purpose of stopping the vessel. The effect of opposing 170 square feet of boiler from the forward progress of the Florence was tested last Tuesday. She was under a full head of steam, making perhaps 15 miles an hour. A schooner ahead of her came up suddenly and was standing across the Florence's bow. Captain Simmons yelled to the pilot to let out the brake, and the Florence stopped within her own length. Either brake can be used separately, and thus throw the vessel in any direction quicker than if the rudder were relied upon alone.

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Of at least eight "Florence's" on the lakes in 1884, the only "Florence of Port Burwell" that I can find was a 99 ft. 2-mast schooner, built there by Dakin in 1861. One has to wonder about use of the phrase "under a full head of steam" and the schooner moving at 15 mph. That's flying for a sail vessel! Perhaps an engine was also added.
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Mon, July 9, 1884
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Mon, July 9, 1884