Photograph of the wreckage of the USS MAINE, 1898
This telegram from the Key West Naval Station forwards word from Charles S. Sigsbee, Captain of the Maine about the destruction of his ship in Havana harbor on the evening of February 15, 1898, a pivotal event leading up to the Spanish-American War. Read More about the legacy of the USS Maine at Prologue…
Burial services of sailors recovered from the Battleship Maine, held at the south end of the State, War, and Navy Department Building, March 23, 1912. Washington, DC. 3/23/1912
Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital. National Archives Identifier: 513477
The victim of a mysterious explosion on February 15, 1898, the USS Maine sank in Havana harbor with 260 of her crew, and hastened the start of the Spanish-American War. In 1912 the ship was raised in order to recover the bodies of the crewmen and clear the wreckage from the harbor.
Read More about the legacy of the USS Maine at Prologue…