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1912 Us Navy Real Photo Postcard Uss Maine Victims Leave Havana Cuba Onto Boats For Sale
OUR CARD/PHOTO # 481. CARD/PHOTO RATING: VERY FINE+ near XF . Not postally used. This sale is for one of three (1 of 3) US Navy 1912 real photo or RPPC postcards we currently have listed, each in a separate sale, showing the last 66 Victims of the Destruction of the Battleship USS Maine, leaving Havana Cuba. This postcard shows a close view of the docks and the loading of the Victims’ Caskets onto the awaiting boats, for transport to the Cruiser USS North Carolina. Very minor-minimal all around wear/rounding (see images) to card front corner points and edges. There appear to be very tiny (approx. 1/32" - 1/64" or less) point tip crimps and or scuff traces right at/on the actual tips of the front corner points. HOWEVER, ALL of the FRONT CORNER POINTS and EDGES remain VERY FIRM and SHARP. The postcard BACK (see images) is very clean overall and all printed text remains very sharp. Please SEE our USS MAINE SHIP'S HISTORY and our 1899 & 1912 ARLINGTON BURIAL summaries which follow shortly below.
1st. BATTLESHIP USS MAINE SHIP'S HISTORY & DESTRUCTION: The first Battleship USS Maine, a second-class armored battleship, was laid down at New York Navy Yard 17 October 1888; launched 18 November 1889, sponsored by Miss Alice Tracy Wilmerding, granddaughter of Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Tracy; and commissioned 17 September 1895, Capt. Arent S. Crowninshield in command. /// Maine departed New York Navy Yard 5 November 1895 for Newport, R.I., via Gardiner's Bay, N.Y., to fit out 16 to 23 November, and then proceeded on the 25th to Portland, Maine, to visit her namesake. The battlewagon then put to sea on the 29th on trials and inspection, being assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron 16 December, and sailing via Newport to Tompkinsville, N.Y., arriving 23 December. The ship sailed the next day for Fort Monroe, Va., arriving on Christmas Day. She operated out of that place and Newport News through June 1898 and then on the 4th sailed for Key West on a 2-month training cruise, returning to Norfolk 3 August. Maine continued extensive east coast operations until late 1897. Then the ship prepared for a voyage to Havana, Cuba, to show the flag and to protect American citizens in event of violence in the Spanish struggle with the revolutionary forces in Cuba. /// On 11 December Maine stood out of Hampton Roads bound for Key West, arriving on the 15th. She was joined there by ships of the North Atlantic Squadron on maneuvers, then left Key West 24 January 1898 for Havana. /// Arriving 25 January, Maine anchored in the center of the port, remained on vigilant watch, allowed no liberty, and took extra precautions against sabotage. Shortly after 2140, 15 February, the battleship was torn apart by a tremendous explosion that shattered the entire forward part of the ship. Out of 350 officers and men on board that night (4 officers were ashore), 252 were dead or missing. Eight more were to die in Havana hospitals during the next few days. The survivors of the disaster were taken on board Ward Line steamer City of Washington and Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII. The Spanish officials at Havana showed every attention to the survivors of the disaster and great respect for those killed. The court of inquiry convened in March was unable to obtain evidence associating the destruction of the battleship with any person or persons, but public opinion in the United States was so inflamed that the Maine disaster led eventually to the declaration of war on Spain 21 April. /// On 5 August 1910, Congress authorized the raising of Maine and directed Army engineers to supervise the work. A second board of inquiry appointed to inspect the wreck after it was raised reported that injuries to the ship's bottom were caused b y an external explosion of low magnitude that set off the forward magazine, completing destruction of the ship. It has never been determined who placed the explosive, responsibility for the sinking of Maine remains one of the continuing enigmas of American history. /// Maine's hulk was finally floated 2 February 1912 and towed out to sea where it was sunk in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico with appropriate ceremony and military honors 16 March. /// Images of the 1st Battleship USS Maine, or other US Navy battleship or other warship photo images, from the Spanish American War , are becoming increasingly scarce, whether the format is an actual real photograph , postcard printed photo or real photo , RPPC , CDV , stereoview or original lithograph print.
BURIAL OF USS MAINE SAILORS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY 1899 & 1912: At the time of the disaster, the compliment of the ship was 26 officers, 290 sailors and 39 Marines. Of these, two officers and 251 men were killed at the time of the explosion. There were 102 saved, but seven later died because of wounds incurred in the explosion. All dead were buried in a cemetery in Havana. /// On March 30, 1898, Congress approved a bill making provisions for the Americans killed in the Maine explosion and instructing that their remains be disinterred and transferred from Havana to Arlington National Cemetery. This action was delayed until Dec. 28, 1899, because of the war with Spain. On that date, 165 remains were reinterred in Section 24 of Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. One sailor's remains were exhumed after Arlington burial and returned to his home, but the others remained. Of those 165, 63 were known, 102 were unknown; they were the first members of the U.S. force killed overseas and brought back for burial in Arlington. /// Eleven years after those burials, Congress enacted a bill authorizing the raising of the Maine from Havana Harbor and recovering the remains of the sailors still aboard for interment in Arlington. Additionally, the secretary of war was authorized and directed to remove the mast of the ship and place it upon a proper foundation in the cemetery. /// The raising of the Maine took nearly two years, and from the wreck, 66 bodies were recovered. Of the 66, there was only one known sailor, and his remains were returned to his home for burial. The remaining 65 were taken to Arlington and interred March 23, 1912. After refloating what remained of the Maine, the ship was towed out to sea and scuttled with full honors in water 600 fathoms deep March 16, 1912.
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The US Navy postcard , actual real photo , rppc , or stereoview above is one of at least one hundred (100) Spanish American War , Great White Fleet , pre-WWI , WWI and WWII , postcards, vintage real photograph and printed photographic images that we presently have listed. They include "official" US Navy postcards , real photos and stereoviews published by Enrique Muller (aka E. Muller, Jr.), perhaps the most prolific and noted Official U.S. Navy Photographer of his era (late 1890's up to the 1920's); and many other noted naval photographers of that era. There are also a number of other items rating at least VF/XF, including some very scarce hand tinted and printed photographic images of Navy battleships , cruisers , shipboard sailors life themes and Patriotic Postcards ; also, a number of USMC Marine Corps postcard , stereoview and or real photo items, and finally, other great USN “vintage stuff!”
SHIPPING COST & METHODS AVAILABLE: Shipping in the USA, for small items, such as postcards, photos, stereoviews, CDV’s, etc. (under 8” x 6”) will be $1.85 via 1st class mail. Your item will be wrapped in a polyethylene holder, well-protected in a cardboard sleeve and wrapped in “bubble wrap.” Shipping in the USA for large items (approximately 8” x 6” and above) will be $2.85; your item will be wrapped in a polyethylene holder, well-protected in a cardboard sleeve and wrapped in “bubble wrap.” We combine multiple wins to save you $$$. At YOUR OPTION we can ship via USPS "Priority Mail" at a cost of $5.50 (up to 1 pound); above 1 pound, rates vary by USPS shipping zone; we will tell you any additional cost due to your “postal zone”, if shipping weight is over one pound; this is the fastest and safest method available; PLEASE TELL US if you want this method. The TERMS for SHIPPING TO CANADA are the SAME as shipping to the USA. For multiple items to Canada there may be a small additional cost per item, depending upon the number of additional items and size(s). For SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE USA (non-Canada) the cost is $3.25; your item will be wrapped in a polyethylene postcard holder, and well-protected in a cardboard sleeve. We combine multiple wins to save you $$$; HOWEVER, there may be a small additional cost per item, depending upon the number of additional items and size(s). At YOUR OPTION we can ship via USPS "Priority Mail International" at a cost of $13.25 (flat rate envelope – 5 to 7 small paper items); this is a very fast and safe method; please tell us if you want this method. COMBINED SHIPMENTS: If a buyer, USA or non-USA wins more than one item, as stated above, we will combine shipping, whenever possible, to save you $$$.
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1912 Us Navy Real Photo Postcard Uss Maine Victims Leave Havana Cuba Onto Boats: $62