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U. S. Battleship Maine

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 11 November 2015 in Animal & Insect.

Memorial to the U. S. Battleship Maine, Key West Cemetery, Key West, FL.

At 9:40pm on the night of February 15th, 1898 the United States battleship Maine, riding quietly at anchor in Havana harbour, was suddenly blown up, apparently by a mine, in an explosion which tore her bottom out and sank her, killing 260 officers and men on board. In the morning only twisted parts of the huge warship’s superstructure could be seen protruding above the water, while small boats moved about examining the damage. The Maine had been showing the flag in Cuba, where the Spanish regime was resisting an armed uprising by nationalist guerrillas.

No one has ever established exactly what caused the explosion or who was responsible, but the consequence was the brief Spanish-American War of 1898.

NIKON D5500 1/400 second F/10.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle statue et vue quel rendu et image superbe compo et hommeage pour ce jour

11 Nov 2015 5:23am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle composition. )

11 Nov 2015 6:44am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The case has been a very tragic. Its historical significance when there have been large. The statue is fine and it was good that letting the case history.

11 Nov 2015 7:21am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

cool* shot

11 Nov 2015 8:55am

Sam from Chennai, India

A tragic history. And a great post. :)

11 Nov 2015 9:18am

jean pierre a from France

belle compo! amitriés

11 Nov 2015 12:04pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great tribute .I did'nt know about the Spanish-American war .

11 Nov 2015 12:27pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture and very interesting history.

11 Nov 2015 3:10pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A story we do not often hear...Thank you Barbara ...<3

11 Nov 2015 4:44pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great composition perfect for this Veterans Day!!
Thank you for the background information!

11 Nov 2015 6:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

An appropriate image for today. Love the patriotic feel

11 Nov 2015 6:34pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

"I see no ships"

11 Nov 2015 7:54pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


12 Nov 2015 7:17am

Devi from Chennai, India

A very sad History...

12 Nov 2015 1:28pm

1/400 second
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)