USS Maine artifact stolen from California park


OAKLAND, Calif. — A team of thieves broke and later made off with a giant metal ring weighing more than a ton from a public park Friday night, officials believe.

According to a report in the Oakland Tribune, the giant brass ring was once used to port torpedoes on the USS Maine, a battleship that sank in Havana harbor in 1898, helping draw the United States into the Spanish-American War.

The ring was standing in concrete and had been broken off last week,  Parks and Recreation employee Stephanie Benavidez told the newspaper.

“We lose enough history as it is “… when structures are torn down as the population grows, and we need to accommodate it,” she said. “We may not be in agreement with war, but people sacrificed their lives, and some things should be left untouched.”