Building the U.S. Battleship "Maine"
Oil on canvas
Overall: 20 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. ( 52.1 x 65.4 cm )
signed: in lower right corner: "Carlton T. Chapman" signed: in lower left corner: "Building a Battleship-The Maine"
A depiction of a multi-leveled orange-red battleship with black stacks. The ship is shown in port, docked with the gangplank lowered. At least eight workers are portrayed administering to the ship on the ground and several others are shown aboard the ship, aiding in its assembly.
The battleship "The Maine" served as a kind of impetus to the Spanish-American war when, in 1898, the ship became the victim of a mysterious explosion while on a friendly visit in Havana, Cuba. This tragic event, which claimed the lives of 260 American sailors, was suspected to be a Spanish act of sabotage. With the aid of some yellow journalism by New York's Hearst Press, the American public rallied against the Spanish and took up the battle cry "Remember the Maine!"
Gift of Mrs. Carlton T. Chapman
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