Friday, March 3, 2017

Captain Sigsbee's Bathtub-- Part 1: Ugly and Ignored

From Roadside America.

Continued from September 10, 2016.

Captain Charles Sigsbee's bathtub from the USS Maine which had been blown up in Havana Harbor, arrived in Findlay, Ohio, on March 3, 1913, rusted and ugly after having been under water for 14 years.  Findlay was embarrassed and stored it in a municipal building.  A year later it was being used as the Findlay City hall's coal bin.

The city of Lima, Ohio, demanded it.  When local Spanish-American War veterans learned that Lima wanted it, they promised that they would bronze it and have it displayed at a local park.  Lima lost interest in it and so did the veterans.  The rusted relic was stuck in a display case in a little-used hallway of the Findlay courthouse.

It sat there for 15 years.  A janitor eventually put a "USS Maine Bathtub" sign on it so he wouldn't have to answer so many questions about it.

March 3, 1913, was 104 years ago today.


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