|The Lyle Gun|
The 185 pound cannon was invented by West Point graduate, Captain David A. Lyle, in 1878. It was still being used in rescues as late as 1962. Captain Lyle was justly proud of his invention that helped save the lives of thousands of shipwrecked sailors and passengers. He called his invention "a labor of love."
The Lyle Gun is one of only a very few guns specifically designed to save lives, rather than to take lives.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the unique "Ocracoke Greeting." You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022113.htm.