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USS MAINE

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 blast.

The Navy claimed 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 with Spain.  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 Bangor, Maine.
 

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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 another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

- Light rust appearance to give the ship a tough battle look.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal
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 31.5" L x 17"W x 10" T    $2,500     S & H is $90     sold out   

 

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And please click on the blue wordings to check out our beautiful Spanish American warship models USS Oregon and USS Olympia.