- Was first launched November 18, 1889.
- 319 feet long
- Did East Coast patrols until 1897.
- Then was moved to patrolling the Florida Keys because of the Spanish
struggles in Cuba.
- Ship sailed for Havanna, Cuba January of 1898 and anchored in the
center of Havanna port
- February 15 an explosion ripped apart the front end of the ship.
- Out of 350 men on board, 252 were burned, drowned, or missing.
- Even though there was never any evidence of Spanish sabotage, the
Americans were very upset and angry.
- War was declared on Spain on April 21, 1898. The destruction of
the Maine was one of the causes given for entering the war.
- In August, 1910 Congress directed the Army Engineers to raise the
wreck of the Maine.
- Examination of the wreck showed an explosion set off the forward
- It was not determined how the explosion was started, but it looks
like there was spontaneous combustion in the coal stored nearby.
- The ship was then floated out to sea and sunk in deep water in the
Gulf of Mexico.