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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:23 pm 
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Plus a lot of other info on the War.

Download it in PDF, its scanned pages, takes awhile for pages to load.
http://books.google.com/books/pdf/The_A ... z7ugPR-W8c

Apparently the Spaniards had dozens of faulty electrically armed mines positioned to take out any ship that got into the harbor.

The fact that the first smaller and sharper explosion lifted the bows out of the water before the second massive explosion tore her apart suggests strongly that mine was responsible.

As likely an accident as not considering the state of the art of the times.

I also found this article in the New York times Cache
http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:qp ... cd=1&gl=us

The Spaniards had bought a slew of electric mines in recent years for the purpose of mining their harbors in trouble spots.


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