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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
Apprentice 1st c Trubie Finch USN
Oiler Alfred Fisher USN
Ordinary Seamna Frank Fisher USN
Fireman 1st clas Michael Flaherty USN
Seaman Lewis Fleishman USN
Fireman 2nd clas Patrick Flynn USN
Coal Passer John Fougere USN
Boatswain's Mate Bartley Fountain USN
Apprentice 1st c Charles Frank USN
Coal Passer James Furlong USN
Fireman 1st clas Patrick Gaffney USN
Coal Passer Frank Gardner USN
Chief Yeoman Thomas Gardner USN
Fireman 1st clas Joseph Gordon USN
Ordinary Seaman William Gorman USN
Coal Passer Patrick Grady USN
Coal Passer Edward Graham USN
Chief Yeoman James Graham USN
Apprentice 1st c William Greer USN
Fireman 2nd clas Michael Griffin USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898