U.S. Navy Battleships - USS Maine (BB 10)
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Displacement: 12,846 tons
Speed: 18 knots
Armament: Four 12" guns; sixteen 6" guns; six 3" guns; eight 3-pounders; six 1-pounders; two 18" torpedo tubes
Text from The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships published by the Naval Historical Center
The second Maine (Battleship No. 10) was laid down by William
Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., 15 February 1899, a year to the
day after the destruction of the first Maine; launched 27 July
1901; sponsored by Miss Mary Preble Anderson; and commissioned
at Philadelphia 29 December 1902, Capt. Eugene H. C. Leutze in
From 1903 to 1907 Maine cruised along the Atlantic coast south
to the West Indies, and she completed one cruise to the
Mediterranean. On 16 December 1907 she left Hampton Roads with
the rest of the Atlantic Fleet en route to the Pacific where she
joined ships of that fleet for a cruise around the world. In
company with USS Alabama (Battleship No. 8), she went to Guam and the Philippines,
through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, and returned to
the Atlantic coast in October 1908, considerably in advance of
the rest of the "Great White Fleet."
Fitted out as flagship of the 3d Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, Maine
resumed operations along the Atlantic coast and into Caribbean
waters during the next several months. She decommissioned at
Portsmouth, N.H., 31 August 1909.
Recommissioned 15 June 1911, Maine operated along the east
coast. During World War I, she trained engineers, armed guard
crews, and midshipmen. Following the defeat of the Central
Powers, she took part in the review of the fleet at New York 26
Maine operated with ships of the Atlantic Fleet until 15 May
1920 when she decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Classified as BB-10 on 17 July 1920, she was sold to J. G.
Hitner & W. F. Cutler of Philadelphia, Pa., 23 January 1922;
rendered incapable of further warlike service 17 December 1923;
and subsequently broken up and scrapped in accordance with terms
of the Washington treaty limiting naval armaments.
See also USS Maine
Updated: 28 July 2009