Dwight Sigsbee

(1845-1923)

WHO S/HE WAS:

Captain Charles Sigsbee was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and served in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. He was also a pioneering oceanographer and hydrographer. Between 1875 and 1925, his innovation, the Sigsbee sounding machine, was a standard item of deep-water oceanographc equipment.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

An officer in an emergency should pour ice water over his personal feelings, in order to defer his nervous prostration to a proper moment.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

Sigsbee was the ill-fated naval commander of the USS Maine, which exploded in Havana harbor on January 25, 1898. The explosion set off the events that led up to the start of the Spanish–American War.

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