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Sigsbee, Charles D. (1845–1923) US:
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Rear-Admiral. He was captain of USS Maine when she exploded and sank in Havana harbour in 1898. During the following inquiry he argued that the ship had been sunk by a Spanish mine, and ‘Remember the Maine’ became the rallying cry for vocal advocates of war with Spain, including then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore ROOSEVELT. Subsequent investigations have cast doubt on the source of the explosion.