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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 William Hough USN
Firemand 1st cla Patrick Hughes USN
Steerage Cook Otogiro Ishida USN
Seaman Harry Jectson USN
Gunner's Mate 3r Carlton Jencks USN
Lieutenant Friend Jenkins USN
Coal Passer Fred Jernee USN
Seaman Peter Johansen USN
Ordinary Seaman Charles Johnson USN
Coal Passer George Johnson USN
Landsman John Johnson USN
Private Charles Johnson USN
Oiler Peter Johnsson USN
Coal Passer Thomas Jones USN
Private William Jordon USN
Apprentice 1st c Charles Just USN
Coal Passer Michael Kane USN
Machinist 1st cl John Kay USN
Private Edward Kean USN
Coal Passer John Kelly USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898