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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
Landsman Henry Gross USN
Coal Passer Reinhardt Grupp USN
Oiler John Haliberg USN
Landsman William Hamburg USN
Capenter's Mate John Hamilton USN
Apprentice 1st c Charles Hamilton USN
Cockswain William Hanrahan USN
Fireman 2nd clas Daniel Harley USN
Water Tender Edward Harris USN
Quartermaster 3r Milliard Harris USN
Coal Passer Thomas Harty USN
Gunner's Mate 3 Charles Hassell USN
Landsman Charles Hauck USN
Ordinary Seaman Howard Hawkins USN
Gunner's Mate 2n Albert Hennekes USN
Apprentice 1st c Benjamin Herriman USN
Cockswain Alfred Holland USN
Boatswain's Mate Gustave Holm USN
Ordinary Seaman Frederick Holzer USN
Fireman 1st clas William Horn USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898