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SS Ambassador (AK-5007)


Cape A Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 January 1959, as SS Export Ambassador a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-58a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 57) at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched,23 April 1960
  • Delivered to the American Export Lines in January 1961
  • Acquired by Farrell Lines from American Export - Isbrandsten Lines, in 1978
  • Acquired by the Maritime Administration from Farrell Lines, circa 1978 for lay up in the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), James River, Lee Hall, VA. in a retention status, named changed to SS Ambassador
  • Assigned to the US Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force (RRF), as AK-5007, 15 December 1980
  • Outported, 24 July 1981, to US Navy Ammunition Depot Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, VA.
  • SS Ambassador could be activated in 10 days
  • Activated for Desert Shield/Storm, 16 January 1991, for Desert Shield/Storm
  • Assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 7 December 1993
  • Moved to the National Defense Reserve Fleet anchorage at Suisun Bay in 1995
  • Downgraded from RRF retention status to non-retention status in 2001
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, circa December 2011
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,848 t.(lt), 10,986 t.(fl)
    Length 492' 6"
    Beam 73'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement
    Civilian Mariners, 55
    Reduced Operating Status 5 Maintainers
    Propulsion
    two General Electric steam turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    single propeller, 12,500shp

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    cape Ambassador 34k SS Ambassador (AK-5007) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Flee, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown Maritime Administration photos
    cape Ambassador 22k
    cape Ambassador 246k SS Ambassador (AK-5007) drydocked in Dry Dock #3 at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard for bottom cleaning prior to being towed to Texas for dismantling, 4 April 2012 Photo by Chris Rasmussen

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
    National Register Eligibility Assessment

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