A few months ago, The Robertsdale Yacht Club, the only land-locked yacht club in lower Alabama, was sent a request for a quote to produce six replica 17th century naval cannons by a group in Palacios, Texas.
Quickly responding, the club organized a new division, the Naval Ordinance Division, to design, test, and manufacture the replica cannons.
The cannons will be used on a replica of The La Belle captained by LaSalle in 1685 on a voyage from France to Mississippi. Unfortunately, his course missed Mississippi and found Texas. where he set up a colony at present day Palacios.
A local group has spearheaded a replica of the ship and learned the Robertsdale Yacht Club has some expertise in building cannons.