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Oakland, California: USS Maine Torpedo Port

Obscure part of sunken warship USS Maine salvaged, placed on a slab, and turned into a war memorial. "Remember the Maine!"

200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA
North side of downtown, on the front lawn of the Veterans Memorial Building. On the north side of Grand Ave. between Harrison St. and Bay Place.
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USS Maine Torpedo Port.

USS Maine Torpedo Port

Almost directly across the street from Children's Fairyland in Oakland is a relic from the warship Maine. The Maine was in Havana harbor in 1898 when it mysteriously exploded. Unscrupulous journalists and newspaper publishers (namely Hearst) blamed the Spanish for the explosion and whipped up public sentiment to use this as a pretext for starting the Spanish-American War (Long after hostilities had ended, the explosion was determined to have most likely been caused by coal dust in the ship's coal bunkers). Anyway, a bronze torpedo port was salvaged (warships of the time carried early torpedoes), and somehow wound up here.

[Joe Dudek, 03/17/2023]

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