USS  Maine Firemen and Passers
(Photograph by E. H. Hart)

"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

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