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"A fancy dress ball." Sailors aboard the ill-fated U.S.S. Maine in 1896, two years before an explosion in Havana Harbor sank the battleship, killing most of the crew and precipitating the Spanish-American War. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.