Published Resources Details Letters Patent

Leavitt, F. M.
Gyroscopic apparatus for steering torpedoes
United States Patent Office, 1154

Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 741,683. Application filed February 9 1899.

Accession No.1393


"Hence in its broader features my invention relates to gyroscopic apparatus in general, and more specifically it relates to such apparatus in combination with steering mechanism and to the construction of such apparatus in such manner as to facilitate its application to an automobile-torpedo… I provide for spinning the gyroscope by the application of fluid-pressure, preferably compressed air. To this end I combine with the fly-wheel of the gyroscope a flow-pressure motor, preferably a reaction-motor and preferably one wherein the fly-wheel is formed with reaction-surfaces, and a nozzle is provided for directing the jet of fluid under pressure against such surfaces…"