Monday, 12 June 2017

Sailor of American monitor USS Puritan accused of sabotage sentenced to death according to the Dutch newspaper Provinciale Noordbrabantsche en ‘s Hertogenbosche courant dated 2 May 1898

An item dated Key West, USA 29th reported that a sailor of the American monitor USS Puritan was sentenced to death by a fire squad.(1) The sailor accused of sabotage said to be Spanish and was surprised when making a hole in the powder magazine.(2)

1. Laid down by John Roach&Sons, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA in 1874 and sold on 26 January 1922. Officially a repair or redesignation of the monitor USS Puritan laid down in 1863.
2. Spanish-American War between 21 April 1898-13 August 1898.