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.