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SS Cape Chalmers (AK-5036)


Cape C Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1961 as SS Adabelle Lykes a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37c) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 115) at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched in late 1962
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1963 for operation by Lykes Bros. SS Co.
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in 1984 and laid up in reserve as part of the MARAD National Defense Reserve Fleet, renamed SS Cape Chalmers
  • SS Cape Chalmers was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force (RRF) as AK-5036
  • When activated SS Cape Chalmers (AK-5036) 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
  • Downgraded to the MARAD National Defense Reserve Fleet from the RRF, 1 October 2001
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,800 t.(lt) 19,800 t.(fl)
    Length 494' 8"
    Beam 68' 5"
    Draft 19' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement approximately 21
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Merchant Service Lykes Bros. SS. Co.
    Cape Cod 577k SS Adabelle Lykes launching at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD., circa 1964. Lykes Bros. SS Co. photo. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape Cod 378k Newspaper photo of SS Adabelle Lykes departing the port of Bremen, Germany in July 1963 on her maiden voyage. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape Cod 587k SS Adabelle Lykes moored pierside while working cargo at La Goulette, Tunisia, circa 1968. Lykes Bros. SS Co. photo. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    SS Cape Chalmers (AK-5036) - MSC RRF
    Cape Chalmers 72k SS Cape Chalmers (AK-5036) moored, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Chalmers 40k SS Cape Chalmers (AK-5036) and an unidentified breakbulk ship moored, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Chalmers 83k SS Cape Chalmers (AK-5036) overhead view, moored, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    SS Cape Chalmers MARAD RRF
    Cape Chalmers 1547k SS Cape Chalmers passes Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and USS Yorktown (CVS-10) as she departs Charleston, S.C. under tow for the Broklin Shipyard in New York, 1 October 2011. Photo by Manning J. Harvey III

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