Showing the flag at Havana in 1898. The first morning. This singularly beautiful second-class armored battleship was commissioned in 1895. She eventually joined the forces developing off the Coast of Cuba, as the struggle between Spain and the revolutionary forces of Cuba heightened. Tragically, on the evening of February 15th, her entire forward part erupted in an explosion which ultimately killed 260 of the 350 aboard. Although she was raised for investigation in 1910, the true cause of the explosion was never resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.