USS MAINE was unique
at the time in that she was purely the product of
American naval design, and was built at a U.S.
Naval Yard. By contrast, her contemporary, USS
TEXAS, was the product of a design competition,
based on an English design, and constructed by a
naval contractor. In fact, USS MAINE is the largest
vessel to be actually built in a U.S. Navy Yard.
For that reason, the USS
MAINE was a showpiece for the United States Navy and was given many ceremonial tasks.
On December 15,
1897, when the USS MAINE was heading south toward Florida. At about 9:30 PM on February 15,
two separate explosions shattered her.
Sinking rapidly, she brought down with her two hundred and fifty-two
sailors. Ammunition continued to explode after the
that the ship was sunk by a mine which ignited the
forward magazines. Regardless of the reality of the
situation, the loss of the USS MAINE had turned
American popular opinion strongly in favor of war
President McKinley finally decided to militarily
intervene in Cuba to end the ongoing unrest and
"liberate" Cuba from Spanish rule.
Many momentos of
the USS MAINE still exist. The mainmast is in
Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washinton DC, and her foremast is near the seawall
at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. One of
her bow anchors is located in Reading,
Pennsylvania's City Park at the first block of North
11th Street. Her capstan rests in the Battery in
Charleston, South Carolina, and her bow scroll is in
Like all of our
Spanish-American warship models, this
USS Maine model features:
- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction, weighing
less than 10 lbs (A solid hull of this model
would be over 30 lbs and looks like a toy rather
than a nautical art piece.)
- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual
thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- Light rust appearance
to give the ship a tough battle look.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
x 17"W x 10" T
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