Thursday, May 26, 2011

U.S.S. Maine


The Spanish American War is an interesting war because most of us don't know much about it. It is one of those in between wars. It was between the Civil War and World War I, and it occurred around 1900 in Cuba.

The picture above shows the U.S.S. Maine entering the Harbor of Havana. A short time later, the U.S.S. Maine blew up. It is not exactly clear what caused the explosion, but it was the trigger for the Spanish Americn War.

5 comments:

  1. Actually recent scholarship has proved it was an internal explosion probably in the powder magazine that caused the explosion.

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  2. Yes, I read the same thing about the Maine

    I don't know how yesterday's subject got to the B-17, but some interesting facts about bombers.
    B-17 bomb capacity was only 4,800 lbs
    F-111 bomb capacity was 25,000. That is quite a load for a fighter jet.
    B-52 bomb capacity was 70,000
    B-1B bomb capacity is 125,000

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  3. Sorry Roger that was me. I was just expanding on the discussion of perspective, photos, and size regarding the ship pictures.

    The Spanish-American War appears to be the when we transitioned from blue wool uniforms to khaki cotton. The war being located in several tropical locations must have been the wake up call for that. I believe it was also the swan song for black powder in US small arms ammuniton. Our troops faced an enemy armed with a much higher velocity (and more accurate)smokeless powder (Spanish) Mauser rifle. This lead to our adopting the 1903 Springfield 30-06. We actually paid the German Mauser company a licensing fee to do so.

    John

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  4. Pope George RingoMay 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    The Spanish AM. War gave us Teddy Roosevelt---one of our best Presidents.

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  5. Fighting in the Philippines also (Admiral Dewey destroying Spanish fleet in Manila Bay). Also resulted in U.S. acquisition of Hawaii.

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