Aug 04 2017
Marquette Maritime Museum Lyle Gun Demonstration

Marquette Maritime Museum Lyle Gun Demonstration

Presented by Marquette Maritime Museum at Marquette Maritime Museum

The Marquette Maritime Museum will mark the occasion of the 228th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard by firing their historic line-throwing Lyle Gun on Coast Guard Day, August 4, at 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  “We cannot think of better way of honoring this great group of brave men and women than the loud roar of the Lyle gun over Lake Superior!” says Museum President Fred Stonehouse.

The small cannon was used to shoot a line from shore to a shipwreck near shore. Crews then sent out a “breeches buoy” to bring stranded crew to safety.

The Lyle Gun was named for its developer, U.S. Army Captain David Lyle.   First used in 1877, it saw wide use by the old U.S. Life-Saving Service crews, including the men at Marquette under legendary Captain Henry Cleary. The last use of the gun on the Great Lakes was in May 1956 when the Marquette Coast Guard used it to bring 24 sailors off the wrecked steamer MARYLAND on Chocolay Beach. An explanation of the gun and its history will be provided prior to firing.

 

 

Admission Info

The Marquette Maritime Museum will mark the occasion of the 228th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard by with a free demonstration of firing their historic line-throwing Lyle Gun on Coast Guard Day, August 4, at 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

 

 

Phone: 906-226-2006

Dates & Times

2017/08/04 - 2017/08/04

Additional time info:

Demonstrations are weather permitting

Location Info

Marquette Maritime Museum

Location: 300 Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855

Parking Info

A few parking spaces located next to the city Waterworks building and Museum on Lakeshore. Parking lot is located behind Museum on lakeside.