Tag: Explosion

Feb. 24, 2023

A “Terrible Catastrophe”: The February 1844 Naval Gun Explosion that Almost Killed a President

By 1843, when he approached the Navy for permission to build Princeton, its first steam-powered man-of-war, Robert Field Stockton had already distinguished himself as a U.S. Navy officer in the War of 1812, as a key negotiator in the establishment of Liberia, and as an aggressive pirate hunter.After 16 years at sea, Stockton used an extended shore

Feb. 7, 2023

Remember the Men of the Maine

On 15 February 1898, the battleship Maine exploded while visiting Havana, Cuba. The loss of the ship would drive the United States and Spain to war within a few months. However, the global significance of the disaster should not overshadow the lives lost and the many wounded. 253 men died in the explosion, and another seven died of injuries over

Feb. 7, 2023

Why did the USS Maine explode?

Few U.S. ships are as well remembered as the battleship Maine. Unlike Constitution, Monitor, or Enterprise, though, the ship is not famous for its wartime record, long career, or remarkable innovation. Rather, Maine is remembered for exploding in Havana harbor on 15 February 1898. The death of 260 crewmen and officers would be tragedy enough, but