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MAINE
(2nd Class Battleship)
Construction - Active Service


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Maine Class Battleship: 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.)
Fate: Blew up and sank, Havana Harbor, Cuba, February 15 1898. Hulk raised February 13 1912, Towed to sea and sunk in 600 fathoms of water in the Florida Strait, March 16 1912. 260 Officers and men died in the explosion of the Maine and remain on duty.

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..."

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Maine337kPhoto of the construction of the New Warship Maine at the Brookly Navy Yard, cover of Scientific American on 5 October 1889 and page 2. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine208kConstruction & 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 crews. 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.
Maine333kA line drawing of the Maine as completed. Photo courtesy of Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, collection of Robb Jensen.
Maine512kSpectators on day of launching of Maine. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14344v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine352kDriving the wedges to lift the keel of the Maine.Photo from Illustrated American, 6 December 1890 courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine370k Maine wedging up before launching. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14345r from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine554k Maine sawing the sole piece before launching. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14346v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine814kMaine just prior to launch.Photo from Illustrated American, 6 December 1890 courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine1.00kMiss Alice Tracy Wilmerding, granddaughter of Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Tracy, and his majestic self appear on the launching platform of the Maine on 18 November 1890. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
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.
Maine1.00kShip-house in which the Maine was built after launch.Photo from Illustrated American, 6 December 1890 courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine704kMaine just after launch.Photo from Illustrated American, 6 December 1890 courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine949k Chicago at launching of Maine. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14146v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine71kMaine in the stream after the launching, 18 November 1889. Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of Library of Congress, # LC-D4-20528.
Maine97kWatercolor of Maine .
Playing Second fiddle is a three page PDF from The American Engineer concerning an article that appeared in Scientific American 29 November 1890 regarding the construction of the Maine.
Photo & PDF courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine985k Maine Boilers.Photo from The Engineer, 3 January 1893, courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine936kThe Armored Cruiser Maine in dry dock at New York Navy Yard.Photo from The Engineer, 29 September 1894, courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine196kMaine under construction at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo by Edward H. Hart, courtesy of Library of Congress, # 4a28249v.
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.
Maine1.14k"A SUCCESSFUL TRIAL TRIP'
THE BATTLESHIP MAINE LIKELY TO GIVE SATISFACTION.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 18 October 1894, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine89kView looking forward on deck, port side, taken while the Maine was visiting Bar Harbor, Maine, 1895. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 48621.
Crowninshield 80kCapt. Arent Schuyler Crowninshield was the commissioning officer of the battleship Maine.Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library via Bill Gonyo.
Maine980kTHE MAINE IN COMMISSION
OLD GLORY HOISTED ON ANOTHER WARSHIP YESTERDAY
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo courtesy of The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 18 September 1895, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine6.80k Port quarter view of the Maine taken in Bar Harbor, Maine, 1895. USN photo courtesy Pieter Bakels.
Maine829kAboard the Maine in 1896. "Three views of a fancy dress ball." Our second & third look at these seafaring thespians aboard the ill-fated battleship. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company, # 4a14376a & 4a14377a courtesy of shorpy.com.
Maine807kMaine paymaster's room, 1896. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14357v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine747k1896 photo showing one of the four torpedo tubes on the Maine, as completed. The torpedo in this tube exploded due to the concussion of the explosion which destroyed the ship. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No.LC-D4-20529
Photo submitted by Mike Green.
Maine529kMaine land drill, circa 1896. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14382v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine666kMaine marine skirmish drill, circa 1896. Photo by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14384r from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine3.90kTHE BLOCKADING FLEET OFF CHARLESTON.
This picture represents the cruiser Columbia (C-12) getting under way to pive chase to a blockade-runner in obedience to a signal hoisted at the yardarm of Admiral Bunce's flagship the New York (ACR-2).
The battle-ships Indiana (BB-1) and Maine at anchor are shown in the background. The Columbia has flashed an electric light over the waters, striking the shore near Fort Moultrie. The big cruiser is too late however, as the fleet torpedo-boat has got past the fort and signalizes her safety by sending up a rocket.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 14 February 1897, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine3.34kSPAIN'S NAVY AND OUR OWN.
Ships That Would Fight in Event of War and How They Are Equipped
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo & text by The Times. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, (Richmond, Va.) 1890-1903, 28 March 1897, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine568kMaine & New York (ACR-2) at Grant's Tomb, 27 April 1897.Photo by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a14342v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Maine368kMaine in dry dock, Brooklyn Navy Yard.Photo by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a28250v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
THE GREAT EXPOSITION 1.39k NORTH ATLANTIC SQUADRON IN ACTION FIRING OFF $1,000,000 WORTH OF POWDER AND SHELL IN AN HOUR
Iowa (BB-4), Ericsson (TB-2), Porter (TB-6), Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Maine, New York (ACR-2), Amphitrite (BM-2) , Terror (M-4), Raleigh (C-8).
Drawn by an expert marine artist from exact details. The line of battle is that described by Captain Mahan.
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Anaconda Standard. (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, 16 May 1897, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine1.80kFLEET MANEUVERS-1897
IN BATTLE ARRAY
The September Evolutions of the North Atlantic Squadron.
Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Iowa (BB-4), Massachusetts (BB-2) & Maine.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 28 August 1897, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine1.10k Currier & Ives print of the battleship Maine. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine759kMaine photographed circa 1895-98.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60255-A.
Maine758kPort view, circa 1895-1898. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine 965k THE U.S. BATTLE-SHIP MAINE . Photo via uwm.edu & The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine 771k COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE MAINE .Photo via uwm.edu & The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine 1.20k OFF DUTY ON THE MAINE . Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 18 February 1898, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo via uwm.edu & The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine 571k THE MAINE'S MASCOT.Photo via uwm.edu
Maine1.31k Maine men moving marines. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.00k Maine men, three up, three down. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.45kOne of the ship's torpedo rooms. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.34kBefore the age of smile: Maine's officers pose for a solemn photo. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.20kDistinguished visitors board Maine's main deck. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.67kMaine's crew waiting for some event as is evident by sailors holding a white flag. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.21kMaine marksmen. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.53kMen of Maine. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.50kMen of Maine make music. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.48kMustached men of Maine at mess. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.38kMaking meals at mess. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine1.35kCall to practice arms aboard the Maine. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
Maine50kThe Maine coming to overhaul us.
Photo #: N040670 courtesy of the State Archives of Florida via Don & Kay Wagner.
Maine127k"Gunner's Gang", photographed in one of the ship's torpedo rooms. Half toned 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.
Maine559kMaine strikes an image in an antique celluloid album. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Maine1.13kMaine underway.Photo from Maine96kLaundry day on the Maine by E. Miller, 1898. U.S. Navy photo by E. Mueller courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
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.
Maine300kThe many sides of Maine underway, circa 1898. From Atlas Editions, TRH Pictures, courtesy of Eric W. Dahlstrom & from "Battleships" by Peter Hore.
Maine50kA watercolor by the artist Richard C. Moore entitled "Battleship Maine" depicting the Maine underway, circa 1898. Photo courtesy of ship-paintings.com. Courtesy of the artist Richard C. Moore.
Texas1.33kWHAT WOULD HAPPEN SHOULD WE FIGHT WITH SPAIN
Here Are the Secret Plans of the United States Government in case of War With the Spaniards, the First Time Told.
Just Where Our Ships of War and Troops Would Be Located if We Took a Hand in the Cuban Trouble.
Pictured among the vessels are the New York (CA-2), Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Massachusetts (BB-2), Columbia (C-12), Iowa (BB-4) & Maine.
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Anaconda Standard. (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, 16 January 1898, Morning, Image 15, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine3.34kBATTLE-SHIP MAINE GOES TO HAVANA
Evidently the Situation Is Serious at the Cuban Capital.
Although the State Department Declares the Cruise Is Only a Friendly Visit,Trouble Is Predicted.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library & University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 25 January 1898, Image 1 & The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 25 January 1898, Image 10, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine3.17kThe Most Striking Incidient in the Life of the U.S. Battleship Maine Before Her Ill-Fated End in Havana Harbor. As painted for Congress.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 February 1899, Image 21, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine498kThe Maine on the Way to Her Doom.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC..
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 07 April 1912, Image 30, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine770k The battleship Maine entering Havana harbor. Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Maine382kThe Maine entering Havana Harbor, 25 January 1898.
She would blow up and sink three weeks after this picture was taken.
USN photo # HD-SN-99-01929, from the Defense Visual Information Center, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
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
Maine3.43kGOING TO HER DOOM.
The American battleship Maine passing Morro Castle on the way to her anchorage in Havana harbor, at the point where her wreck now lies, and where so many of Uncle Sam's brave boys in blue sleep beneath the murky waters.
OFFICERS OF THE MAINE EXPECTED THEIR SHIP WOULD BE DESTROYED
One of Them Said to Have Written That the Worst Would Happen if the Vessel Remained in the Harbor of Havana After the 15th of February, the Fatal Day.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 22 February 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Maine425kMaine anchored over her grave in Havana Harbor, from a Kodak picture taken at 4 o'clock on the afternoon of 15 February 1898, the date of her destruction.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.

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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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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