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The USS Maine (BB-10) was a Maine Class battleship built by William Cramp & Sons in Philadelphia. The other two ships of the class were the Missouri and the Ohio. The keel was laid down in February 1899, launched in July 1901, and commissioned in December 1902. Starting in 1903 she served in the North Atlantic Fleet in various peacetime training exercises and maneuvers. During this time she also made brief trips to the Mediterranean. In 1907 she was flagship for Rear Admiral Evans before he hoisted his flag on the USS Connecticut. On December 17, 1907 she departed with the Atlantic Fleet battleships for San Francisco under the command of Captain Giles Harber in Second Squadron, Third Division. Unfortunately, the first leg of the journey proved that the boilers were inefficient requiring excessive amounts of coal to keep of the the battleship fleet. Both Maine and Alabama were replaced by the Wisconsin and the Nebraska. She departed San Francisco, ahead of the main battleship fleet, on June 8th, in company with the USS Alabama, proceeding ahead of the fleet visiting Honolulu, Guam, Manila, Singapore, Colombo, Aden, Naples and Gibraltar, arriving back in the States in October 1908, Maine to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Alabama going to New York.
The photo postcard at right is part of the Waldon Fawcett Series with the photo was taken by Enrique Muller. To see more of this collection follow this link: Walden Fawcett Series
In July of 1907, Giles Harber was given command of the USS Maine. He remained in command until San Francisco where he took command of Third Division Pacific Squadron. In May 1908 he was received by the Mayor of Tokyo months before the battleship fleet would arrive. In August 1908 he took command of Asiatic Squadron in ceremonies in Manila, shifting his flag to the USS Rainbow.
This card is from a series that was made to give out for free with delivery of the newspaper. Most of the cards I have collected were from the Lincoln Daily Star, this one showing Captain Giles Harber with the USS Maine. The photograph is copyrighted by Enrique Muller.
greetings from the uss maine
The postcard at left is from a series of cards that were made for ships of the fleet using "glitter" on the lettering and were popular for tourists in California.
The card at right is a crew photo of the USS Maine, probably taken in Magdalena Bay during gunnery practice. The photographer, Arthur Pillsbury followed the fleet to San Francisco. To see more of his work on this website, follow this like: Photographer Arthur Pillsbury