USS Maine's Ventilation Cowl – Woburn, Massachusetts - Atlas Obscura

USS Maine's Ventilation Cowl

Woburn, Massachusetts

This piece of peacetime naval wreckage memorializes the tragic sinking of the USS Maine--an event which sparked the Spanish-American war. 


In 1898 the battleship USS Maine was sent to Cuba to protect American interests in Cuba from the Spanish government. This piece is all that returned.

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine sank as a result of an explosion in the ship’s powder magazine. The tragic accident claimed 260 lives and shocked the nation.“Remember the Maine” became the slogan that propelled the U.S. into war with Spain in 1898.

This ventilation cowl was recovered from the wreckage and now stands in Woburn Center as a memorial to the ship and the lives lost.

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Parking available along the adjacent street, behind City Hall, and in the public lot behind Citizen's Bank (elevator from lot to Main Street level beside the Brickyard Restuarant).

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