Lyle gun, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1900


Invented in 1878 by Lt. David A. Lyle of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corp., the Lyle Gun was a technological development that made the Lifesaving Service more efficient.

Weighing 202 lbs. and loaded with an 18 lb. projectile, it could fire a shot line a maximum, of 695 yards to a vessel in distress. End of barrel engraved with No 460 1900 F.E.H. A.O. Co.

This gun is on loan to the Portland Head Light Museum in Cape Elizabeth from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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