Battle of Manila Bay
1948 c.smith Admiral George Dewey 50th Anniversary So-Called Half Dollar
Just a few days ago I posted a couple other Dewey medals here http://goccf.com/t/301479&whichpage=47#2736455
but I bought this one to go with my 1948 c.smith so called half dollars set. There are 8 1947 so-called half dollars which I have put together 2 complete sets and then there are four for 1948 which surround the theme of the 50th anniversary of the Spanish American War of which I have 3.
These are much more difficult to find. I had my eye on all four but could not justify bidding any higher on the San Juan Hill/Teddy Roosevelt issue. I have a gilt Admiral Sampson issue already ( gold plated is well done ) and have no info why it is plated. I have seen others of the 1947 plated as well. I'd prefer it wasn't but I wasn't going to replace it for what it sold for. I'll get San Juan someday!
I paid pretty dearly for this one to fill in my "Remember the Maine" void.Destruction of the Maine
1948 c.smith 50th Anniversary So-Called Half Dollar
I have a 1954 Topps non sports card I'll throw in for my usual image.
The blowing up of The Maine was indeed the beginning of the rather short and decisive US Victory in
The Spanish American War.
I am surprised to learn that the Spanish may not have anything to do with it blowing up!
Was it a big Oooops? Not really, The US wanted Cuba to be free and this occurance may have been just the spark and excuse they needed to declare war.
This may have something to do with the Monroe Doctrine
and Spain overstepping their bounds.
It may have something to do with Uncle Sam flexing his muscles. I do not know?
Here is some wiki about that.
Maine is best known for her loss in Havana Harbor on the evening of 15 February 1898. Sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain, she exploded suddenly, without warning, and sank quickly, killing nearly three quarters of her crew. The cause and responsibility for her sinking remained unclear after a board of inquiry investigated. Nevertheless, popular opinion in the U.S., fanned by inflammatory articles printed in the "yellow press" by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, blamed Spain.
The phrase, "Remember the Maine! To heck with Spain!"
, became a rallying cry for action,
which came with the Spanish-American War later that year.
While the sinking of Maine was not a direct cause for action, it served as a catalyst, accelerating the approach to a diplomatic impasse between the U.S. and Spain.
The cause of Maine's sinking remains a subject of speculation. In 1898, an investigation of the explosion was carried out by a naval board appointed under the McKinley Administration. The consensus of the board was that Maine was destroyed by an external explosion from a mine. However, the validity of this investigation has been challenged. George W. Melville, a chief engineer in the Navy, proposed that a more likely cause for the sinking was from a magazine explosion within the vessel. The Navy's leading ordnance expert, Philip R. Alger, took this theory further by suggesting that the magazines were ignited by a spontaneous fire in a coal bunker.
The coal used in Maine was bituminous coal, which is known for releasing firedamp, a gas that is prone to spontaneous explosions. There is stronger evidence that the explosion of Maine was caused by an internal coal fire which ignited the magazines. This was a likely cause of the explosion, rather than the initial hypothesis of a mine. The ship lay at the bottom of the harbor until 1911. A cofferdam was then built around the wreck.
The hull was patched up until the ship was afloat, then towed to sea and sunk. The Maine now lies on the sea-bed 3,600 feet below the surface.
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