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The USS Maine

Above: Contemporary drawing of the USS Maine, a second class battleship. The Maine and her the USS Texas were the first true pre-dreadnought battleships of the US Navy. The Indiana class would provide vast improvements in battleship design.

 

Above: The "final straw". Drawing of the USS Maine blowing up in Havana harbor. Politics at the time and "yellow journalism" would plunge the United States and Spain into a war. Years later it was determined that spontaneous combustion in a coal bunker next to an ammunition magazine caused the horrific explosion.

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