Louis Brennan

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Louis Brennan was born in Castlebar, Ireland back in 1852. The family moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1861. His career started out as a watchmaker, serving as a sergeant in the Victorian Engineers. It was during that time that he invented something that will forever place him in the history books (more on that in a moment).

He took his invention to England in 1880 to the War Office. The War Office bought his patent for 100,000.00 pounds (equal to 9,987,200.00) in today’s money. He also worked on a monorail locomotive that was kept upright by a gyrostat. The system was never put into use because of the fear the gyrostat would fail. He also spent a great amount of time working on the invention of a helicopter but could never figure it out.

He married Anna in 1892. What you may not know about Louis is that invention he came up with was a steerable torpedo.

Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile


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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - this is certainly interesting having a steerable torpedo.

Apr 05, 2019 03:36 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray not sure how to comment on a steerable torpedo!!

Apr 05, 2019 03:59 AM
James Dray

I was surprised they even had one back then

Apr 05, 2019 11:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another man ahead of his time I never heard of! Thanks! Enjoy your day! 

Apr 05, 2019 04:22 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was something that could have worked but no guts no glory.

Apr 05, 2019 04:27 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. An interesting read. I think I will look to give someone a smile today.

Apr 05, 2019 05:10 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The locomotive would have been interesting and wonder if the principle is the same for that one in Florida.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 05, 2019 05:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Apr 05, 2019 05:46 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, I didn't realize that a torpedo could even be steered, I thought they just went straight, haha.

Apr 05, 2019 06:10 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

And the new ones are GPS guided probably.

May 04, 2019 10:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - Amazing. Quite a diverse array of inventions from this watchmaker. 

Apr 05, 2019 06:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story!  From watchmaking to a steerable torpedo.  Wishing you a great weekend on the links.  A

Apr 05, 2019 07:26 AM
James Dray

The season starts next sunday

Apr 05, 2019 11:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

His invention changed maritime warfare forever. Turning dumb bombs into smart ones was revolutionary.

Apr 05, 2019 02:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I think it's time you thought about a winter home in AZ or FL so that you could play golf all year!!!!

Apr 05, 2019 05:20 PM
James Dray

I'm all in, however the boss won't hear of it.  All of our family is withing an hours drive from us.  

Apr 06, 2019 03:10 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James as an Army man I forgive myself for not knowing who invented the Steerable Torpedo:)Endre

Apr 05, 2019 11:56 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This was all news to me, and certainly an interesting read about a creative inventor!


Apr 06, 2019 07:40 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As death and destruction goes I guess that is a good invention.

Apr 06, 2019 04:25 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'd say his invention SAVED a lot of lives and in part kept us and many other nations free.

Apr 09, 2019 06:37 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Another great invention, only second to the Beatles.

May 04, 2019 10:39 AM