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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 Daniel Leene USN
Ordinary Seaman Samuel Lees USN
Apprentice 1st c George Leibr USN
Fireman 2nd clas Gustave Leupoid USN
Water Tender John Lewis USN
Oiler Daniel Lewis USN
Oilder Jorgen Lorenzen USN
Private Peter Losko USN
Apprentice 2nd c James Louden USN
Ordinary Seaman Clarence Lowell USN
Cockswain William Lund USN
Ordinary Seaman John Lydon USN
Coal Passer Matthew Lynch USN
Fireman 1st clas Bernard Lynch USN
Fireman 2nd clas Michael Malone USN
Apprentice 1st c Benjamin Marsden USN
Landsman John Marshall USN
Gunner's Mate 3r Johan Martensson USN
Landsman James Mason USN
Seaman Carl Matiasen USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898