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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
Bayman Thomas Cole USN
Ordinary Seaman William Coleman USN
Fireman 2nd clas William Coleman USN
Coal Passer Anthony Conroy USN
Fireman 2nd clas William Cosgrove USN
Cockswain Charles Curran USN
Seaman Berger Dahlman USN
Seaman Charles Denning USN
Drummer John Dierking USN
Ordinary Seaman William Donoughly USN
Fireman 1st clas James Drury USN
Seaman George Edler USN
Gunner's Mate 1s Charles Eiermann USN
Seaman Andrew Erikson USN
Seaman John Etts USN
Seaman Karl Evensen USN
Apprentice 1st c Charles Fadde USN
Oiler Rudolph Falk USN
Chief Machinist George Faubel USN
Boatswain's mate William Fewer USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898