Captain Asa Fairfield Mariner's Compass
Originally belonging to Captain Asa Fairfield, this compass is set inside a wood cover. Captain Fairfield was raised in Maine, commanded a ship during the War of 1812, and was the first person to operate a canal boat, named the "Indiana," on the Wabash and Erie Canal. After moving to Fort Wayne with his brothers in 1835, he became a civic leader, farmer, and landowner. Much of the South Wayne area was formerly part of a farm owned by Asa Fairfield. Pictured here in a daguerreotype image is Captain Fairfield and his wife Olive Stone Fairfield, who was a cousin of Hugh McCullough.