USS Maine National Monument

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USS Maine National Monument
USS Maine (ACR-1) Monument Columbus Circle NYC.JPG
The monument in 2012
Year 1912 (1912)
  • Fountain
  • sculpture
Location New York City, New York, United States

The USS Maine National Monument is an outdoor monument, located in Central Park in Manhattan, New York. It was cast on September 1, 1912 and dedicated on May 30, 1913 to the men killed aboard USS Maine (ACR-1) when the ship exploded in Havana harbor.[1]

In 1913, a USS Maine Monument designed by Harold Van Buren Magonigle was completed and dedicated in New York City. Located at the southwest corner of Central Park at the Merchants' Gate entrance to the park, the monument consists of a pylon with a fountain at its base and sculptures by Attilio Piccirilli surrounding it.[2] A sculpture group of gilded bronze figures atop the pylon represent Columbia Triumphant, her seashell chariot being drawn by three hippocampi. The bronze for this group reportedly came from metal recovered from the guns of the Maine. On the park side of the monument is fixed a memorial plaque that was cast in metal salvaged from the ship.[3] It is not known how many of these plaques by sculptor Charles Keck were produced, but they can be found in many locations across the United States.[4] They were cast by the Jno Bronze Foundry and widely publicized.[5]


  1. "Central Park: U.S.S. Maine National Monument". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved June 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Monument to Maine Heroes Ready for Unveiling". The New York Times. 25 May 1913. Retrieved 2 October 2011. Distinguished Guests and Imposing Ceremonies at the Dedication on Memorial Day—Fleet of Seventeen Ships and 5,000 Bluejackets Will Participate.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "U.S.S. Maine National Monument". Retrieved 8 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. McSherry, Patrick (23 April 1951). "Maine Parts". Retrieved 2012-11-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Memorial Plaques". The Independent. 14 July 1914. Retrieved 1 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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