Cambrian: Opinion

December 22, 2012

Sinking of S.S. Montebello brought war to SLO County

On Dec. 22, 1941, the tanker S.S. Montebello, freshly painted a concealing gray, loaded more than 3 million gallons of Santa Maria crude oil at the Union Oil wharf at Avila. The ship was scheduled to sail to Vancouver to supply the needs of the West Coast, Alaska and Aleutian Islands defense effort.

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