On February 15, 1898, the Battleship Maine, while cruising Havana
harbor in Cuba, suddenly exploded and quickly sank with a huge loss of
The 'yellow press' of Hearst and Pulitzer immediately blamed Spain and
the phrase "Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain" became a household
Even today, the cause of the sinking of the Maine remains an unanswered
question and an investigation at the time did not produce an answer.
The 'yellow press' accused Spain of sinking the ship, but there was
also a possibility of the boiler exploding and/ or a fire.
Spain denied involvement and Pullitzer privately agreed that Spain was
not involved (but his newspapers continued to lobby for war).
The Maine was originally an armored cruiser which was built in response
to the Brazilian battleship, Riachuelo (Brazil had the largest military
fleet in the western hemisphere) and new battleship technology
invented in Europe.
However, due to protracted construction delays, by the time she entered
service she and her sister ship, Texas, were aleady considered to
The loss of this battleship was one of the leading causes of our entry
into war against Spain.
There are a great many different spoons depicting the Battleship Maine
and they range from cheap silver plated pieces to very expensive custom
1. Embossed view of sinking, British hallmarks from Birmingham,
2. Engraved ship, pattern handle, Wallace, sterling
3. Engraved ship, pattern handle, Wallace, sterling, dated on back
4. Engraved ship, enamel flag handle (with enamel damage),
unknown manufacturer, sterling
5. Engraved ship on gold washed bowl, "Secretary Long" and portrait on
handle, mechanics div of Watson, sterling, dated on back '98
6. demi, embossed picture of ship, no manufacturer stamp, sterling
Detailed engraved picture of the ship with nice workmanship
Nicely engraved view of the Maine
Embossed view of the sinking of the Maine in Havana harbor.
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