Monday, 9 January 2012

5. American Battleship U.S.S. Maine, 1898

  • Date of Ship Wreck: The Ship Wreck took place in the year February 1898.
  • Place of Wreck: The wreck takes place in the Havana harbor.
  • Goods carried: It was carrying coal bin and ammunition.
  • Cause of Wreck: It was stated that a mine got attached to the ship which was the sole cause for the blast and the ammunition present acted as catalyst for further blasts.
  • Loss of Human Life: The wreck claimed 261 lives.
  • Economic Loss: The ammunition present and the destruction of the ship provided a huge economic loss.
  • Salvage: It was raised from the muck of Havana harbor in 1911 and towed out to open ocean, where it was sunk on purpose with full military honors.