Queen of the Pacific

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Queen of the Pacific
at Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara
Queen of the Pacific
at Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara
Queen of the Pacific
Queen of the Pacific at sea

Queen of the Pacific (#20587) (1882-1935), 336-foot, iron-hulled, commercial passenger cargo steamer/brig built in Philadelphia for the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. Her name was shortened to Queen in 1890. She was in service from 1882 until 1935 when she was scrapped in Japan. She had three decks and two masts, and could carry over 300 passengers. Queen sailed for both the Pacific Coast Steamship Company and later the H. F. Alexander’s Pacific Steamship Company, and for many years she operated as a shuttle between San Francisco and Seattle. Queen replaced the popular old wooden side-wheeler Orizaba built in 1854. Santa Cruz Island Company invoices indicate she ran supplies for the island from 1891 through 1914. She was in service from 1882 until 1935 when she was scrapped in Japan.



In the News~

August 23, 1882 [SBDP]: “Southern California respectfully demands that the new steamer Queen of the Pacific be placed on the route between San Francisco and San Diego. The present facilities for the comfort and convenience of passengers by the Pacific Coast Steamship line are not adequate to the necessities of the traveling public…”


February 15, 1884 [SBDP]: “Captain Alexander who was visiting here in Santa Barbara it is said, will take command of the Queen of the Pacific on her next trip north. This change may give the southern route its old friend, Captain Ingalls, again.”


March 3, 1884 [SBDP]: “A. P. More came down on the Queen of the Pacific last night, and went over to the islands today.”


April 1884 [SBWI]: “Her [Queen] elegance is known to all; her electric lights, splendid furniture and gorgeous salon make her a floating palace.”


April 6, 1884 [SBI]: “A review of Santa Barbara shipping... At present, besides the Queen of the Pacific now running regularly the Ancon, Eureka, and Los Angeles and every week an additional freight steamer leaves San Francisco for the southern coast and for special loads when freight accumulates the Bonita, the Newport and another small steamer calls when required. The regular steamers stop at nine ports…”


February 10, 1897 [LAT/SF]: “Passengers left on the steamer Queen for southern ports as follows: Santa Barbara… A. J. Caire…”


May 18, 1905 [SBMP]: “The steamer Santa Rosa announced to take the place of the Queen on the run from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, port Los Angeles and San Diego, lately had a trial trip on the sound after having been overhauled and repaired at an expense of $104,000...”


In 1907 it was reported Queen became the first wireless-equipped merchant vessel on the Pacific Coast. Her popular running mates at the time were the Santa Rosa and the State of California.


April 12, 1908 [SBMP]: “Captain H. C. Thomas of the Pacific Coast Steamer Queen, and for many years commander of the State of California, has been notified of his appointment to the command of the Alaska excursion steamer Spokane for the 1908 season...”


December 14, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Queen will be the next of the passenger vessels in port...”