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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 John Matza USN
Private John Mcdermott USN
Fireman 2nd clas Hugh Mcgonigle USN
Fireman 2nd clas John Mcmanus USN
Coal Passer Francis Mcniece USN
Ordinary Seaman Elmer Meilstrup USN
Assistant Engine Darwin Merritt USN
Landsman John Merz USN
Seaman George Miller USN
Apprentice 2nd c William Miller USN
Cockswain George Mobles USN
Private Joseph Monahan USN
Landsman William Monfort USN
Coal Passer Edward Moore USN
Landsman John Moss USN
Machinist 1st cl Gerhard Moss USN
Seaman Noble Mudd USN
Oiler Cornelius Murphy USN
Mess Attendant Tomekichi Nagamine USN
Chief Machinist Eldon Nero USN


Exerpt from Official Court of Inquiry March 21, 1898