THE SHIP'S COMPANY - DUTIES AND ACTIVITIES

MSS Maine's Ship's CompanyUSS Maines Ship's Company
SHIP'S COMPANY OF THE MAINE- "From budding youth to well developed manhood. Every age of physical strength and hope was to be found in the ship's company of the Maine. From spinning yarns to feats of strength, the Maine's crew was thoroughly representative of the United States Navy, and all the crews of other ships that had come in contact with them, can have no better talisman when fighting than a recollection of the bright faces on the battleship." - Johnston
USS Maine Berth Deck cooksUSS Maine Berth Deck Cooks
BERTH DECK COOKS ON BOARD THE MAINE - "To prepare three meals a day for a ship's company of over four hundred healthy men is no inconsiderable task, and the cooks aboard a man-of-war are generally kept pretty busy from morning till night. The culinary tactics would often be an eye opener to the gastronomic goddesses on terra firma, but the kitchen and utensils of a battleship will never be beaten in cleanliness and order. It would make the housewife smile to see a jolly Jack Tar squatting in the most convenient attitude while he polished a potato dish, but the polishing and rubbings and scrubbings lead to very brilliant results besides being compulsory." - Johnston
Sword Practice on the USS MaineSword Practice On The USS Maine

SWORD PRACTICE ON THE MAINE - "Some of the boys on the Maine were very skillful with the weapons, and the survivors of the unlooked-for destruction of the battleship will probably draw a simile from the words of Cowper:

'No skill in swordsmanship, however just,
Can be secure against a madman's thrust.'

So with the loss of the Maine. It was not destroyed in fair fight, but by the mad act of a criminal " - Johnston

USS Maine's Gunner's GangUSS Maine Gunners Gang
GUNNER'S GANG ON THE MAINE - "The full dress appearance of a ship's crew at quarters is not the invariable condition of the men during all the duties aboard ship. In the above photograph the gunner's gang is shown in costumes befitting the work of cleaning and oiling the guns and keeping the metal work in the polished condition the visitor sees it when he goes on board a well-ordered man-of-war." - Johnston
USS Maine PioneersUSS  Maine Pioneers
PIONEERS OF THE MAINE - "This detachment of sturdy pioneers is from the battleship Maine so treacherously destroyed in the harbor of Havana. The pioneers of an army of invasion are detailed to form roads, dig trenches, make bridges and prepare for the advancing regiments; and the pioneers above pictured bear a corresponding relation to the fighting men aboard a man-of-war. Armed with axes and tool bags and as few appurtenances as possible these muscular fellows oftentimes work wonders in the space of a few hours." - Johnston
USS Maine MarinesUSS Maine Marines
MARINES FROM THE BATTLESHIP MAINE LEAVING HAMPTON ROADS - "From seamanship to field maneuvering and from camps to cabins. The vicissitudes and changes of a marine's life make him an all around fighter. One day he is doing duty on deck and the next in a field review. Another day he will be helping with the ship's guns and in a few hours storming a castle. Nothing in the way of aggression comes amiss, and the brave boys are always ready to change their 'sea legs' to the solid marching of the foot solder, or vice versa." - Johnston
USS Maine Firemen and Coal PassersFiremen and Coal Passers on the USS Maine

FIREMEN AND COAL PASSERS ON THE MAINE - "These are some more of the Maine crew for whom the whole country is in sorrow. Their work aboard the battleship was probably the dirtiest and most wearing of any of the ship's duties. In time of war the firemen and coal passers are incessantly at work, deep in the body of the ship and out of sight of danger. But all the time they can hear the terrible roar of cannon and realize that any moment a giant shot may come rushing through the bowels of the ship and sweep them into eternity. It is a severe ordeal through which our seamen pass without a murmur." - Johnston

 

USS Maine Stick Practice

SINGLE-STICK EXERCISE ON THE MAINE - "One of the most unexpected happenings in modern naval warfare would be a hand to hand encounter. Battleships are not now captured by boarding as in days gone by, and it is not even found necessary to arm the up-to-date sailor with cutlasses and other small arms. Nevertheless, the healthy and skillful exercise to be gotten out of calisthenics of the above character are not only fostered by the authorities, but thoroughly enjoyed by the ships' crews when they meet each other occasionally in friendly rivalry and put their prowess to the test." - Johnston

AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT - When all the work was done and there await some time before retiring there was always someone that would want to play cards and those that loved to watch.
BACHELORS' GLEE CLUB ON THE MAINE - "Some of this happy group perished with the Maine and in place of their cheerful songs the murky waters of Havana Harbor float over what remains of the deck of their beloved battleship. The glee club of the Maine earned considerable popularity by their nautical songs, which were never wanting to cheer the sailor's heart. With one exception they were all young men that composed this bachelors' club. Besides excellent instrumental music, they were always in request among both officers and men to sing the songs for which they were famous." -Johnston

 

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