City of Puebla

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City of Puebla (#125979) (1881-1922), a 320-foot commercial passenger and cargo steamer built in Philadelphia to run between New York and Cuba. She made her maiden voyage on February 3, 1888 under the command of Captain Ezekiel Alexander who later became master of the Santa Rosa. As a novelty of the day, City of Puebla advertised several private dining tables seating seven, in addition to the traditional long tables.

June 5, 1888, Minnie Waters mentioned in her diary she went to the wharf in Santa Barbara in a horse car to see who had come in on the Puebla.

In 1883 City of Puebla was sold to the Oregon Improvement Company, and in 1897 to the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. According to Santa Cruz Island Company records, City of Puebla delivered goods (including lamp wicks, rubber hose, several batteries and a new schooner log) to Santa Cruz Island from San Francisco in April of 1897, and again in 1911. City of Puebla was laid up in New York in 1920, and broken up in Philadelphia in 1922.

In the News~

May 22, 1894 [LAST/SB]: “It is stated that the Pacific Coast Steamship Company is soon to make an important change in their line of boats on the southern route. The Corona is to be changed to the northern run, and the more commodious vessel, the City of Puebla, is to be put in her place. The Coos Bay, which is running in place of the wrecked Los Angeles, is to be replaced by the Pomona Achilles (#106961) (1892-1896+)

. This will make a much better line of steamers than has been run heretofore on this route.”