Battleships of the 20th century

American Battleships

USS Maine BB-10


USS Maine


USS Maine

USS Maine (BB-10), the lead ship of her class of battleships, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 23rd state.

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Laid down: 15 February 1899

Launched: 27 July 1901


29 December 1902

Sister Ships

Maine Class

BB-10 USS Maine

BB-11 USS Missouri

BB-12 USS Ohio

History Highlight

From 1903 to 1907 Maine cruised along the Atlantic coast south to the West Indies, and she completed one cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. On 16 December 1907 she left Hampton Roads with the rest of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet en route to the Pacific Ocean where she joined ships of that fleet for a cruise around the world. In company with Alabama, she went to Guam and the Philippines, through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, and returned to the Atlantic coast in October 1908, considerably in advance of the rest of the "Great White Fleet."

Fitted out as flagship of the Third Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, Maine resumed operations along the Atlantic coast and into Caribbean waters during 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 at New York City on 26 December 1918.


Maine operated with ships of the Atlantic Fleet until 15 May 1920 when she decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was sold on 23 January 1922 to Joseph G. Hitner and William F. Cutlet of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for scrap. She was rendered incapable of further warlike service on 17 December 1923 in accordance with terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, and subsequently broken up and scrapped.

Final Disposition

15 May 1920

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General characteristics


12,500 tons / 13,500 full load


394 ft (120 m) overall, 388 ft waterline


72 ft 3 in (22.0 m)


24 ft 4 in (7.4 m) mean, 26 ft max


18 knots


561 officers and enlisted


4 12 in (305 mm) guns

16 6 in (152 mm) guns

6 3 in (76 mm) guns

8 3 pounders

6 1 pounders

3 x .30-caliber machine guns

2 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes

Source: Wikipedia

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USS Maine in drydock at San Francisco, Calif., circa 1908


BB-10 in 1916