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SS Cape Cod (AK-5041)

Cape C Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1962 as SS Sheldon Lykes a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37c) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 114) at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched circa mid-1962
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1964 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 Ready Reserve Force, renamed SS Cape Cod
  • SS Cape Cod was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force as AK-5041
  • When activated SS Cape Cod (AK-5041) 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
  • Final Dispostion, to be scrapped, contract awarded, 24 August 2009, to All Star Metals LLC of Brownsville, TX., will receive $328,122 to recycle Cape Cod
    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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    Cape Cod 161k SS Sheldon Lykes launching at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD., mid-1962. Lykes Bros. SS Co. photo. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape Cod 146k SS Sheldon Lykes moored at Beaumont,TX. circa 1970. Lykes Bros. SS Co. photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Courier 392k SS Sheldon Lykes underway, date and location unknown. Lykes Bros. SS Co. photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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