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Object Number: 
after 1898
Wood, iron
Overall: 35 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 90.2 x 3.2 cm )
engraved: on handle: "U.S.S. Maine G. Bowers"
Wooden cane with an inscribed iron knob handle, tapered octagonal shaft, and iron ferrule.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records the cane was made from wood from a block house on San Juan Hill and the iron handle was made from a part of the Spanish-American War battleship "U.S.S. Maine." The Maine is known for its catastrophic loss in Havana Harbor in 1898 where it was sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban Revolution. The cause of its sinking was unclear, but popular opinion in the United States was shaped by inflammatory articles printed in the "Yellow Press" by William Randolph Hearst (New York Journal) and Joseph Pulitzer (New York World) which blamed Spain for the ship's demise. The phrase "Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!" became a rallying cry during the Spanish-American War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. F. W. Meyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group