Lewiston in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
"Remember the Maine"
When the U.S.S. Maine was commissioned in 1895, it was the first modern American battleship, and the first modern U.S. Navy warship to be built in an American shipyard of materials and components manufactured in the United States. The Maine visited Portland in Nov., 1895, to receive its Silver Service and again in August, 1897, with the rest of the North Atlantic Squadron. In January, 1898, the Maine was ordered to Havana, Cuba by President William McKinley as part fo his plan to pressure Spain into granting independence to the island colony which was in rebellion. When the Maine exploded on the night of February 15, 1898, the press and public blamed the sinking on Spain, and public and congressional pressure led to a declaration of war. "Remember the Maine" became a battle cry, and after the war, the battleship was raised, examined and then sunk with honors in the waters off Cuba.
Joel W. Eastman, 1989
This projectile weighing 498 pounds, from a ten inch gun on the Battleship Maine lay in Havana Harbor fourteen years. Presented to the city of Lewiston June 24, 1912 by the United States Navy Department.
Millard F. Harris Boothbay Harbor • Clarence Lowell South Gardiner • Bernard Lynch Portland • Frank Talbot Bath • William Tinsman Deering
Erected by the City of Lewiston & the L&A Veterans Council, Inc.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Spanish-American • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1898.
Location. 44° 5.858′ N, 70° 13.282′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Memorial is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 202) and Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Main St, Lewiston ME 04240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gold Star Families Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Richard E. White (a few steps from this marker); Willys "Jeep" (a few steps from this marker); Naval Air Station Gun (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Industry / Les Débuts de L'Industrie (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.