Old framed piece of wood from the mast of the USS Merrimac, signed by officer.
The souvenir piece of wood came from the mast of the USS Merrimac, deliberately sunk in Santiago Bay during the battle there during the Spanish American War. The ship was commanded by Lt. Hobson, who was attempting to sink his ship in the narrow part of the channel that would keep the Spanish fleet from escaping.
This souvenir was given out by (possibly) a member of the crew, Geo. I. Sherman.
In a small period section of glass, backed with red paper, with a thin brass wire frame and stand combo. The paper backing shows good wear, with some tears, and some paper missing. Has a painted yellow border.
2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches.
Very good condition.