The U.S.S. Maine sunk in 1898 during the Spanish-American War in Havana Harbor. Several different memorial ideas for the Maine were proposed in Pittsburgh. The concept for this monument was accepted by the City's Art Commission in 1914, and it was completed in 1915 with the installation of the reliefs. The names of the sailors who perished with the ship are listed, including Lt. Friend William Jenkins of Pittsburgh.
Charles Keck (1875-1951) was a New York-based sculptor best known for his life-sized bronze of Father Duffy in Times Square, New York. He was awarded the Grand Medal of Distinguished Achievement for his work on the Father Duffy bronze. Keck served as an assistant in the studio of sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens early on in his career. He also completed life-sized statues of George Washington and Booker T. Washington.
Stanley Roush, Architect