EXCERPT FROM LETTER WRITTEN BY JOSEPH F. WALSH
with a brief description of the USS Maine

Mar. 30, 1896

"The Maine with her 12 inch side armor, 15 inch redoubt armor and 11 inch turret armor, 4 -10 inch guns in turrets throw 50 pound shells 10 miles, 6 - 6 inch guns throwing 100 pound shells 6 miles besides a 6 pounder and 8 1 pounder rapid fire guns and 4 torpedo tubes. She is a fine fighter. She has no bulwarks and can fire her 10 and 6 inch guns along and across her own decks either ahead or astern. Besides that she can turn quicker and in a smaller circle than any ship in the Navy of her size." Jos. F. Walsh, U.S.S. Maine Navy Yard Norfolk, Va.