This Day in Naval History - February 15th

U.S. Navy
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From the Navy News Service:

 

  • 1856 - USS Supply, commanded by Lt. David Dixon Porter, sails from Smyrna, Syria, bound for Indianola, Texas, with a load of 21 camels intended for experimental use in the American desert west of the Rockies.
  • 1898 - The battleship USS Maine "mysteriously" blows up in Havana Harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260 Sailors and Marines while injuring scores more. The tragedy sparks the Spanish-American War.

 

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.
 

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