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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Gunner's Mate 1s Charles Eiermann USN
Chief Bostswain' James O'conner USN
Cockswain Charles Curran USN
Fireman 2nd clas Gustave Leupoid USN
Machinist 2nd cl Thomas Kinsella USN
Coal Passer Holm Anderson USN
Seaman Heinrich Brinkman USN
Private William Jordon USN
Private H. Van Horn USN
Boiler Maker Joseph Scully USN
Coal Passer Daniel Tehan USN
Chief Quartermas Robert Wilson USN
Fireman 1st clas Patrick Gaffney USN
Cockswain William Hanrahan USN
Seaman Harry Jectson USN
Ordinary Seaman Fritz Kihlstrom USN
Lieutenant Friend Jenkins USN
Apprentice 1st c Thomas O'hagan USN
Seaman Charles Denning USN
Ordinary Seaman Samuel Lees USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898