|USS Maine entering Havana Harbor on 25 January 1898|
|2. IN MEMORIAM|
|3. Unknown Fixture Recovered from Maine|
On August 5, 1910 Congress authorized the raising of the USS Maine. A second board of inquiry also concluded that an external explosion near the forward magazine caused the disaster. The USS Maine’s hulk was finally floated on February 2, 1912 and it was towed out to sea. On March 16th she was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico with a ceremony and full military honors. Today, despite several investigations throughout the last century, there is still debate as to whether an external explosion or some kind of internal accident caused the horrible event.
|4. The Wreck of USS Maine, c. 1898|
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2,3. Images courtesy of the Naval War College Museum
1,4. Images courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command