On 6 February 1897, when the USS MAINE was off Havana Harbor, two men were washed overboard. The Franklin life buoys were dropped, and one of the men, GM3 Charles Hassell, reached one of them. The other man, Leonard G. Kogal, was drowned. In the meantime, Landsman Chas(?) J. Crestman had jumped in to save them. Crestman swam to and reached the same buoy which was already supporting Hassel. A whale boat in charge of ensign Gherardim, with a crew of volunteers, was lowered, but in the high seas was unable to accomplish anything and they were taken back on abandoning both. By this time the two men on the buoy had been lost sight of, but their bearings had been carefully kept and the ship steaming in that direction soon made the lights on the buoy and by the exercise of the utmost skill and care the men were finally given life lines and hauled aboard. Crestman was afterwards transferred to the AMPHRITE and qualified for a Gunners Mate. Hassel lost his life in Havana Harbor when the MAINE was blown up.
Naval History and Heritage Command