As SS Cuba in the Panama Canal, 1923
|Owner:||North German Lloyd|
|Acquired:||5 May 1897|
|Out of service:||1917|
|Owner:||United States Shipping Board|
|Out of service:||1920|
|Owner:||Pacific Mail Steamship Company|
|Acquired:||2 February 1920|
|Out of service:||1923|
|Fate:||Wrecked 7 September 1923|
|Length:||93.78 m (307 ft 8 in)|
|Beam:||12.86 m (42 ft 2 in)|
|Depth of hold:||7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 Triple expansion steam engines, twin screws, 1,500 hp (1,100 kW)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
The Cuba was a steamship owned by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Originally launched in 1897 as the German SS Coblenz, she was seized by the United States in 1917, and named SS Sachem, until Pacific Mail purchased her from the Shipping Board on February 6, 1920 for US$400,000 and renamed SS Cuba.
On the morning of September 8, 1923, Cuba struck a reef just off San Miguel Island in the Santa Barbara Channel off Point Arguello and the coast of Santa Barbara County, California. All aboard survived and were rescued, but the Cuba was a total loss.
The ship's radio was out. She had been navigating through a dense fog for several days. Later that day, nine US Navy destroyers ran aground nearby in the Honda Point Disaster.
The wreck is located at approximately Coordinates: .
- Channel Islands Shipwrecks (PDF), Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, 2011
- Drechsel, Edwin (1994). Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, 1857-1970: History, Fleet, Ship Mails. I. Vancouver, British Columbia: Cordillera Pub. Co. ISBN 978-1-895590-14-2. OCLC 30357825.
- Media related to SS Cuba at Wikimedia Commons
- Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: Maritime Heritage
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