A German who became a Mexican citizen, Charles Hubbard was captain of the ship Peor es Nada, chartered by Isaac Sparks for sea otter hunting. Hubbard may have taken the ship to San Nicolas Island in 1835 and returned to San Pedro with the Nicoleños. He was in charge when the ship capsized at the entrance to San Francisco Bay in early 1836. His name was written as Gerard Kuppertz in Mexican California documents.
DATE OF BIRTH: Unknown
PLACE OF BIRTH: Germany
DATE OF DEATH: Unknown
PLACE OF DEATH: Unknown
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