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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
Seaman Leon Booner USN
Private Vincent Botting USN
Quartermaster 1s James Boyle USN
Seaman Heinrich Brinkman USN
Chief Gunner's M Arthur Brofeldt USN
Private George Brosnan USN
Sergeant James Brown USN
Quartermaster 2n Robert Burkhardt USN
Private James Burns USN
Coal Passer Edward Burns USN
Machinist 2nd cl Frederick Butler USN
Blacksmith Thomas Caine USN
Seaman Walter Cameron USN
Gunner's Mate 2n Herbert Carr USN
Landsman William Caulfield USN
Mess Attendant Suke Chingi USN
Fireman 1st clas Charles Christiansen USN
Coal Passer Thomas Clark USN
Shipwright James Clarke USN
Fireman 2st clas Michael Cochrane USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898