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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, February 15, 1898
Explosion in Havana Harbor
The destruction of the Maine occurred at 9:40 P.M. on February 15, 1898, in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, she being at the time moored to the same buoy to which she had been taken upon her arrival. ... There were two explosion of a distinctly different character, with a very short but distinct interval between them, and the forward part of the ship was lifted to a marked degree at the time of the first explosion. The first explosion was more in the nature of a report, like that of a gun, while the second explosion was more open, prolonged and of greater volume. The second explosion was, in the opinion of the court, caused by the partial explosion of two or more of the forward magazines of the Maine. ... In the opinion of the court, this effect could have been produced only by the explosion of a mine situated under the bottom of the ship at about frame 18, and somewhat on the port side of the ship.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 257

Namesort descending Service Branch
Coal Passer John Adams USN
Boatswain's Mate James Aitken USN
Seaman Axel Andersen USN
Seaman Gustav Anderson USN
Coal Passer Holm Anderson USN
Seaman John Anderson USN
Boatswain's Mate John Anderson USN
Ordinary Seaman Frank Andrews USN
Cockswain Abraham Anfindsen USN
Blacksmith Bernhard Anglund USN
Fireman Harry Auchenback USN
Coal Passer Lewis Barry USN
Apprentice 1st c John Barry USN
Landsman Henry Baum USN
Chief Machinist Jakob Becker USN
Cabin Steward John Bell USN
Private John Bennet USN
Landsman Fred Blomberg USN
Bayman Fritz Boll USN
Apprentice 2nd c John Bookbinder USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898