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SS Cape Ann (AK-5009)
Cape A Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 18 September 1961, as SS African Mercury a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-58a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 105) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 7 July 1962
Delivered to Farrell Lines, 21 December 1962
Title transferred, 17 December 1979, to the Maritime Administration MARAD Trade-in and Build Program
Bare-bottom charter by Farrell Lines, 17 December 1979
Returned to MARAD, 19 March 1980, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Named changed to SS Mercury, 4 August 1980
Renamed SS Cape Ann, designated (AK-5009), assigned to the MARAD Ready Reserve, with a layberth near Baltimore, MD.
When activated SS Cape Ann (AK-5009) was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's Modular Cargo Delivery System Ready Reserve Force (RRF) Ships
SS Cape Ann (AK-5009) could be activated in 10 days
Downgraded from RRF and laid up in the Maritime Administrations (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., 19 December 2002
Displacement 7,380 t.(lt), 21,110 t.(fl)
Draft 30' (max.)
Speed 18.3 kts.
Full Operating Status Complement (unknown) Civilian Mariners
one steam turbine
single propeller, 16,500shp
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||SS Cape Ann (AK-5009) moored pierside in her layberth near Baltimore, MD. as part of the Maritime Administrations Ready Reserve Force, date and place unknown.
||US Maritime Administration
||SS Cape Ann (AK-5009) moored in her layberth near Baltimore, MD. as part of the Maritime Administrations Ready Reserve Force, date and location unknown.
||US Maritime Administration
||SS Cape Ann (AK-5009) and SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) moored in their layberths near Baltimore, MD. as part of the Maritime Administrations Ready Reserve Force in 1994.
||Photos by Cody Shaffer
| MARAD James River Group Reserve Fleet
||SS Cape Ann (far right) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Fort Eustis, VA., date unknown.
US Maritime Administration photo
||From left to right; SS Cape Juby, SS Cape Alexander, SS Cape Ann and SS Cape Archway laid up in the Maritime Administration's James River Reserve Fleet, 8 April 2009.
||Photo by Mike Hibbard
||SS Cape Ann laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Fort Eustis, VA., 22 June 2011
||Photo by R. M. Boss
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
National Register Eligibility Assessment
Last Updated 11 August 2017
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