Dirigo (dyreegoh) compasses were first made in historic Lexington Mass around 1907 by boat builder and violin maker Eugene M. Sherman. Sherman was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1872 to a Downeast seafaring family. Dirigo is the Maine state motto and is translated from Latin as "I Lead".
In 1911, Sherman relocated to the pacific northwest and opened a factory in Bellevue, Washington. Dirgo produced compasses, binnacles and other navigational instruments long after Sherman sold his stake in the company in 1944.
Researched & Compiled by Susan Donnelly