Today is the anniversary of the destruction of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor.
USS Maine (ACR-1) was laid down as an armored cruiser in 1888 and eventually came to be classed as a second-class battleship.
USS Maine (ACR-1)
Length: 324 feet
Displacement: 6,682 tons
Speed: 16 knots
Main armament: 4x 10″/30cal guns in two twin turrets, 6x 6″/30cal guns
One of the twin 10″ turrets was forward/starboard and the other was aft/port. The 6″ guns were in hull casemates.
The Maine exploded in Havana Harbor on the night of February 15, 1898. 260 men died. The explosion was blamed on a mine at the time, but other theories have a lot of support, as well. The leading theory now is that a spontaneous coal bunker fire set off the magazines.
The ship was raised in 1911 and the hulk was scuttled in 1912.
Here is a photo Murdoc took of the Battleship Maine Monument in Davenport Park, Bangor, Maine. The ship’s shield and scrolls were recovered from the wreckage.