(A sense of humor required)
The Loss of the MAINE, an aAlternate
By Patrick McSherry
There have been many theories espoused concerning the loss of the
Some say a mine, others a bunker fire, others deliberate scuttling. We
have rare photographic evidence of another possibility. It is evidence
of a possible accident.
What we have here is a sailor of 1898. He is obviously hungry, and
daintily fixing himself a muffin as a nighttime snack. He obviously has
acquired a toaster and placed it where he would find it convenient, and
where it would be out of the way of his mates in the crowded quarters.
Herein lies the problem. The toaster was inadvertently placed atop a
containing powder and a projectile. This could be inherently dangerous.
A faulty toaster, a bad connection with some arcing...and an explosion
may have been the result.
There you have it...an alternate theory.
Remember....the past is the past. Even historians dealing with
a serious matter must have a sense of humor!
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