This bell was made from brass recovered from the wreckage of the U.S.S. Maine that sunk in Havana Harbor in 1898 from an explosion. The sinking prompted an outcry by the American people for the U.S. to intervene in Cuba against Spain. The slogan of the day was "Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain." No real evidence has ever been found to truly blame Spain for the demise of the Maine. Bells like these were offered at the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901.