on or above the main deck, and could not have had anything to do with the destruction of the Maine.
The medical stores were stored aft under the ward-room and remote from the scene of the explosion.
No dangerous stores of any kind were stowed below in any of the other storerooms.
The coal bunkers were inspected daily.
Of those bunkers adjacent to the forward magazine and shell-rooms, four were empty– namely, B 3, B 4, B 5, B 6.
A 15 had been in use that day, and A 16 was full of New River coal.
This coal had been carefully inspected before receiving it on board.
The bunker in which it was stowed was accessible on three sides at all times and the fourth side at this time, on account of bunkers B 4 and B 6 being empty.
This bunker, A 16, had been inspected that day by the engineer officer on duty.
The fire-alarms in the bunkers were in working-order, and there had never been a case of spontaneous combustion of coal on board the Maine.
The two after-boilers of the shi