U.S.S. Maine

The U.S.S. Maine from which Lawrence flew his kites in 1905 is not the vessel of Spanish-American War fame ("Remember the Maine!"). This newer vessel was launched in 1901. Since I had a copy of the 1913 Naval Annual I looked up a few particulars about the ship and have included them below. A battleship was selected for tests because it would give more room on the rear deck to handle the kites.


Length, 388 ft. ; Beam, 72 ft. ; 12,300-12,440 tons ; Speed, 17.8-18.1 knots ; Completed, 1902 ; Armament, 4-12 in., 16-6 in. 6-3 in., 18 small ; Crew, 551.