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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
Displacement 7,848 t.(lt), 10,986 t.(fl)
Length 492' 6"
Draft 27' (max.)
Speed 18.5 kts.
Full Operating Status Complement
Civilian Mariners, 55
Reduced Operating Status 5 Maintainers
two General Electric steam turbines
two Babcock and Wilcox boilers
single propeller, 12,500shp
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||SS Ambassador (AK-5007) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Flee, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown
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||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
Last Updated 11 August 2017
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