SS Cuba (1920)

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SS Cuba in Panama Canal
Career (NDL) Kaiserliche Marine Jack
Name: SS Coblenz
Namesake: Koblenz
Owner: North German Lloyd
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Launched: 1897
Acquired: 5 May 1897
Out of service: 1917
Captured: interned in Manila, August 1914
seized by U.S., 6 April 1917
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Name: SS Sachem
Owner: United States Shipping Board
In service: 1917
Out of service: 1920
Fate: Sold, 1920
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Name: SS Cuba
Namesake: Cuba
Owner: Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Cost: $400,000
Acquired: 2 February 1920
In service: 1920
Out of service: 1923
Fate: Wrecked 7 September 1923
General characteristics
Tonnage: 3169[1]
Length: 93.78 m (307 ft 8 in)
Beam: 12.86 m (42 ft 2 in)
Depth of hold: 24.7 m (81 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: 2 Triple expansion steam engines, twin screws, 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW)
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
as SS Coblenz

20 second-class passengers
232 third-class passengers

as SS Coblenz


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 Sachem, until Pacific Mail purchased her from the Shipping Board on 6 February 1920 for US$400,000.

Pacific Mail first used the Cuba to carry passengers and cargo between San Francisco, California, and Havana, Cuba, then shifted to a San Francisco-to-Cristobal route.

On the morning of 8 September 1923, Cuba struck a reef just off San Miguel Island in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of 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.


  1. Drechsel, Edwin (1994). Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, 1857-1970: History, Fleet, Ship Mails. I. Vancouver, British Columbia: Cordillera Pub. Co.. p. 172. ISBN 9781895590142. OCLC 30357825. 

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