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MAINE (2nd Class Battleship)


In Memorium:
In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 19th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S.sailors who died defending their county:
"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay..."

Displacement 6,682 Tons, Dimensions, 324' 4" (oa) x 57' x 22' 6" (Max)
Armament 4 x 10"/30 6 x 6"/30, 4 x 21" tt.
Armor, 12" Belt, 8" Turrets, 3" Decks, 10" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Triple expansion engines, 2 screws
Speed, 17 Knots, Crew 374.

Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard on October 17 1888.
Launched November 18 1890
Commissioned September 17 1895.
Decommissioned (Lost due to explosion, See below).
Fate: Blew up and sank, Havana Harbor, Cuba, February 15 1898.
Hulk raised February 13 1912, Towed to sea and sunk in 600 fanthoms of water in the Florida Strait, March 16 1912.
260 Officers and men died in the explosion of the Maine and remain on duty.


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Maine208Construction & Repair proposal that became the Maine. Note the 10-inch guns are in open shields. The ship was actually built with enclosed turrets, which had to be mounted a deck height lower because of their weight. The shields and barbettes were initially attractive because they were light enough to be mounted very high in a ship, but they grew less and less attractive as rapidly firing guns came to threaten their crewa. The heavier guns fired slowly enough that they had to concentrate on easier targets such as belt armor. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Maine108kLaunching of the Maine at the New York Navy Yard, 18 November 1889. Engraving copied from Scientific American magazine, Vol. 45, 1898.Courtey of the United States Navy Historical Center, photo # NH 46767.
Maine71k Maine in the stream after the launching. 18 November 1889. Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-D4-20528.
Maine74k Maine under construction at Brooklyn Navy Yard. 1889? Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of Library of Congress, # 4a28249r.
Maine92k The Maine, sometime between her launching on 18 November 1889 & commissioning 17 September 1895. Note that she appears not to have received her main armament in this port side photograph.Photo courtesy of Geff Adams.
Maine89k View looking forward on deck, port side, taken while the Maine was visiting Bar Harbor, Maine, 1895. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 48621.
Maine74k Port quarter view of the Maine taken in Bar Harbor, Maine, 1895. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 48622.
Maine82k Maine taken in Bar Harbor, Maine, possibly 1895. Photo courtesy of Robert Hirst.
Maine37k Maine as completed, line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Maine59kMaine photographed circa 1895-98.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60255-A.
Maine85kPort view, circa 1895-1898.USN photo.
Maine127k"Gunner's Gang", photographed in one of the ship's torpedo rooms. Halftoned photograph, published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 50183.
Maine85kStarboard stern view of the Maine by E. Miller, 1898.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 07/19/06.
Maine96kLaundry day on the Maine by E. Miller, 1898 U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 07/19/06.
Maine75kRetouched image of a photograph by A. Loeffler, with an inset portrait of her last Commanding Officer, Captain Charles D. Sigsbee, USN. This print was published as a memento following the ship's loss on 15 February 1898.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph photo # NH 61674.
Maine38k Maine underway, circa 1898. From'Atlas Editions', TRH Pictures. Courtesy of Eric W. Dahlstrom.
Maine50k Maine underway, circa 1898. Painting by Richard C. Moore.Courtesy of Eric W. Dahlstrom.
Maine382kThe Maine entering Havana Harbor, 25 Jan. 1898.
She would blow up and sink three weeks after this picture was taken.
Photo # HD-SN-99-01929, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
Text courtesy of National Archives photo # 111-SC-94543.
Maine111kMaine in Havana Harbor, Cuba, shortly before the explosion that would sink her.Courtesy of Scot McCoy.
Maine120kOil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "Maine - 1898." A bad day for the crew, a bad day for Havana, and a bad day for Spain. Photo and text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
Maine78kThe Maine is destroyed by explosion, in Havana Harbor, Cuba, 15 February 1898. Artwork, copied from the contemporary publication Uncle Sam's Navy.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 61236.
Maine524kWreck of the Maine, sometime after 15 February 1898.
NARA FILE #: 019-N-19-9-17. Photo # HD-SN-99-01931,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Maine365kWreck of the Maine, sometime after 15 February 1898.
NARA FILE #: 019-N-2454. Photo # HD-SN-99-01930, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Maine89k Funeral procession for crewmen killed when the ship exploded, in the streets of Havana, Cuba, shortly after the disaster. Retouched halftone photograph, copied from Uncle Sam's Navy, Volume IV, Number 3, 19 April 1898.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46765.
Maine14k This is an original Remember the Maine Button with pin. These were made by J. Floersheim, Kunstadter & Co., Jackson & Market St's., Chicago,IL. This one was dated 21 July 1898.Courtesy of Paul Petosky.
Maine69k U.S. Navy diving crew at work on the ship's wreck, in 1898, seen from aft looking forward.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46774.
Maine261k13th anniversary, destruction of the Maine in Havana Harbor, 15 February 1911.Courtesy of Library of Congress, # 6a22663r.
Maine123kThe wreck of the Maine in Havana Harbor, 16 June 1911. Courtesy of Library of Congress, # 6a22687r.
Maine328kThis is the latest picture of the wreck and show how the forward part of the Maine is folded back. That is the mass of wreckage in the centre of the picture belongs and connect with the little pile of wreckage which is seen in right of picture." (Inscription on back)in Havana Harbor, 21 June 1911.Photo from the American Photo Co, courtesy of Library of Congress, # 6a23434r.
Maine55kAt 5:21 p.m. on 16 March 1912, Maine was sunk in 600 fathoms in the Atlantic.Courtesy of USN.
Maine109k Repatriation of Maine victims, 1912. The flag-draped caskets of the victims of the Maine explosion are brought ashore at the Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia, from Birmingham (C-2), 23 March 1912.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 1690.
Maine506k Burial services of sailors recovered from the Maine, held at the south end of the State, War, and Navy Dept. Building, 23 March 1912. Washington D.C.
NARA FILE #: 042-M-G-42. Photo HD-SN-99-01965, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Seawolf 95k A Navy ceremonial guard unveils The Lone Sailor statue during the dedication ceremonies for the US Navy Memorial on 13 Oct 1987, on the anniversary of the Navy's birthday. The seven-foot bronze statue is a composite of the US Navy bluejacket of the past, present and future and is molded with artifacts from eight US Navy ships: the iron-clad steamer Ranger, frigates Constitution and Constellation, steamer Hartford, battleship Maine, light cruiser Biloxi (CL-80), aircraft carrier Hancock (CV-19) and the nuclear-powered attack submarine Seawolf (SSN-21).
USN photo # DN-ST-88-00823, by PH1 Chuck Mussi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Photo added 12/02/06.
Maine262k The Maine Mast Monument, at Arlington, Va. Jun. 17, 2003, bounded on two sides by Sigsbee Drive, is named after Adm. Charles Dwight Sigsbee, who commanded the vessel as a captain at the time of its destruction. The mast is the actual main mast from the Maine, which was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, Feb. 15, 1898. The mizzenmast is at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The base of the monument represents the turret of a battleship; through its center is the main mast from the Maine. Around the sides of the turret are inscribed the names of all who lost their lives in the disaster, and over the door is the inscription: "Erected in memory of the officers and men who lost their lives in the destruction of the Maine at Havana, Cuba, February Fifteenth MDCCCXCVIII." On the south side are two bronze cannons that were captured from the Spanish. U.S. Navy photo N-9593R-031 by Chief Warrant Officer Seth Rossman, courtesy of news.navy.mil /Navy News Stand.
Maine281k The Maine Mast Monument, at Arlington, Va. Around the sides of the turret are inscribed the names of all who lost their lives in the disaster, and over the door is the inscription: "Erected in memory of the officers and men who lost their lives in the destruction of the Maine at Havana, Cuba, February Fifteenth MDCCCXCVIII." Photo courtesy of Mike Green.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 Dec 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

Additional Maine Images

Maine (Over View) 19 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
Maine (Launch) 12 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
Maine (Details) 10 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
Maine (Crew) 22 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
Maine (Marines) 6 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.
Maine (Wreck) 14 Images From The Library Of Congress Server.

MAINE History
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