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Maine Men: 1896

Maine Men: 1896

Circa 1896. "Ship's company, U.S.S. Maine." Two years before the battleship blew up and sank in Havana Harbor, killing most of the crew and precipitating the Spanish-American War. 8x10 glass negative by Edward H. Hart. View full size.

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They Are Scattered O'er The Waves

But they also brought back a lot of pieces. There are no less than 102 accounted for (and probably many more) parts attributed to the U.S.S. Maine either on display in various countries or in private collections. Probably more ports of call than she made in her short and tragic history

Still standing proud

in May 2012

Re: Arlington Memorial

The mast from the USS Maine that is located at Arlington Nat'l. Cemetery is actually the mainmast. Her foremast is at the Naval Academy.

It's a theme, I tell ya!

I observed three years ago the phenomenon of sailors reclining on the decks in group portraits. I'd noticed it many times in Shorpy photos of the US Navy, and I was particularly struck by seeing the same thing in the Russian Navy. I'm pretty sure that in the dreadnought era, that stopped.

No nonsense crowd

Would be a good crowd to take with you on a walk down a dark alley.

Arlington Memorial

Fittingly, the foremast from USS Maine is the centerpiece for the USS Maine Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

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