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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
Coal Passer Hugh Kelly USN
Private Frank Kelly USN
Seaman Alexander Keskull USN
Ordinary Seaman Harry Keys USN
Ordinary Seaman Fritz Kihlstrom USN
Machinist 2nd cl Thomas Kinsella USN
Machinist 2nd cl Frederick Kinsey USN
Warrant Officer' Yukichi Kitagata USN
Machinist 1st cl Frederick Kniese USN
Apprentice 1st c George Koebler USN
Apprentice 1st c Charles Kranyak USN
Painter Hugo Kruse USN
Master at Arms Charles Laird USN
Fireman 2nd clas William Lambert USN
Boatswain's mate Luther Lancaster USN
Apprentice 1sdt George Lapierre USN
Private George Lauuriette USN
Coal Passer Edward Lawler USN
Chief Yeoman James League USN
Apprentice 1st c William Lee USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898