Steward D & E Corp. Line Throwing Gun- Ship Salvage, Naval Artifact
Product Code: SHFE02
STEWARD LINE THROWING GUN. 32-1/2” Iron bbl with 2-1/2” bore.. Copper plate at rear of bbl is embossed “STEWARD DAVIT / & / EQUIPMENT CORP. / PATENT B666 / 17 BATTERY PLACE NEW YORK”. 25-3/4” iron support plate has name and address cast into the rails. Retains it's original firing mechanism.Five-barrel positions for elevation. The barrel is 32 1/2" long and 2 ½ inches at the muzzle. Weighs approximately 175 pounds.
This line throwing gun was removed in the early 1980's from the deck of a U.S. Naval ship from the James River ghost fleet. Also pictured below is a line throwing cannon on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort NC.
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CONDITION: Recent restoration includes removal of rust from iron surface and repaint in gloss black rustoleum paint.
HISTORY: Line throwing cannon (Lyle gun) fires a 18 pound projectile over 700 yards. They used these cannons to fire a line over the ship that was breaking up close to shore. They would then pull a larger line from the ship to shore and secure it for rescue operations. Line throwing cannons were replaced in the 1950's with rockets. Line throwing cannons were also used for ship to ship.
For more information, go to: http://www.capeblancoheritagesociety.com/port-orford-lifeboat-station/historical-articles/the-lyle-gun/