USS Maine BB-10


(Battleship No. 10: Displacement: 12,846 (normal); Length: 393'11"; Beam: 72'3"; Draft: 24'4"; Speed: 18 knots; Complement: 561; Armament: 4 12-inch guns, 16 6-inch guns, 6 3-inch guns, 8 3-pounders, 6 1-pounders, 2 18-inch torpedo tubes; Class: Maine)

The second Maine (Battleship No. 10) was laid down by William Cramp & Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 15 February 1899, exactly one year after the destruction of the first Maine. She was launched on 27 July 1901, sponsored by Miss Mary Preble Anderson, and commissioned at Philadelphia on 29 December 1902, with Captain Eugene H.C. Leutze in command.

From 1903 to 1907, Maine cruised along the Atlantic Coast, south to the West Indies, and 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 the Alabama, she traveled to Guam and the Philippines, through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, and returned to the Atlantic coast in October 1908, well ahead of the rest of the "Great White Fleet."

Fitted out as the flagship of the 3rd Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, Maine resumed operations along the Atlantic coast and into Caribbean waters over the next several months. She decommissioned at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 31 August 1909. Recommissioned on 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 in New York on 26 December 1918.

Maine operated with ships of the Atlantic Fleet until 15 May 1920, when she decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Classified as BB-10 on 17 July 1920, she was sold to J.G. Hitner & W.F. Cutler of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 23 January 1922. She was rendered incapable of further warlike service on 17 December 1923 and subsequently broken up and scrapped in accordance with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty limiting naval armaments.