I have very little information on this lighter
other than that she was owned by the Melfort Gunpowder Works on
Loch Melfort. Her wreck report records that on December 2nd
1869 she was seen to founder between Dunoon and
Innellan, and that some wreckage has been picked up..
The only "Lyle" on record which
could fit is O/No 44784, which in 1870 was registered in
Glasgow to a W.Harrison of Lund Hall, Ulverstone, Lancs.
A little bit of archive research reveals that the Melfort
Gunowder Works was founded in 1838 by messrs
Ainslie & Co.who also
operated in Lancashire and so I am
fairly sure that we have a positive ID here.