Encrusted Bugle

Physical Description
Oxidized metal bugle.
Specific History
This bugle was salvaged from the wreck of the USS Maine.
General History
USS Maine was a second-class battleship built between 1888 and 1895. It was sent to Havana, Cuba, in January 1898 to protect American interests during the native revolt against the Spanish government. On the evening of February 15, 1898, the Maine sank when its forward gunpowder magazines exploded. Nearly three-quarters of the battleship's crew died. American popular opinion blamed the Spanish for the sinking of the Maine and war followed within a few months. In 1912 the Maine's wreck was raised to clear the harbor and to facilitate an investigation into the cause of the sinking. The remains were subsequently scuttled in deep waters north of Havana.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
before 1898
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 14 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 35.56 cm x 6.35 cm
Cuba: Ciudad de la Habana, Havana
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Naval History
related event
Spanish-American War
The Emergence of Modern America
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

4/24/2015 10:11:33 AM
Cindi Kanipe
Another addition to the collection of our history.
4/24/2015 1:01:25 PM
doug richardson
So, what was the final conclusion on the cause of the explosion? Were "the Spanish" at fault or not?
4/25/2015 6:46:19 PM
Remember the Maine!!!
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