The Loss of the MAINE, an Alternate Theory!
(A sense of humor required)
By Patrick McSherry
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There have been many theories espoused concerning the
loss of the MAINE. 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 is
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
canister 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 such a
serious matter must have a sense of humor!
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