Battlewagon Wednesday — Remember the Maine (ACR-1)

Today is the anniversary of the destruction of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor.

USS Maine (ACR-1)

USS Maine (ACR-1)

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.

USS Maine (ACR-1) Line Drawing

USS Maine (ACR-1) Line Drawing

USS Maine (ACR-1) passing under the Brooklyn Bridge

USS Maine (ACR-1) passing under the Brooklyn Bridge

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.

Wreck of the USS Maine (ACR-1)

Wreck of the USS Maine (ACR-1)

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.

Battleship Maine Monument in Bangor, Maine

Battleship Maine Monument in Bangor, Maine

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