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SS Cape Carthage (AK-5042)
Cape C Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
Laid down in 1963 as SS Margaret Lykes a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37c) hull under Maritime
Administration contract (MA 134) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA. (Official Number 293555)
Launched in 1964
Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1964 for operation by Lykes Bros. SS Co.
Reacquired by the Maritime Administration in 1984
Entered the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., 20 September 1985, renamed SS Cape Carthage, Military Sealift Command (MSC) designation AK-5042
When activated SS Cape Carthage (AK-5042) 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 that could be activated in 5 days (RRF-5)
Outported a Melvile Marine Industries, (MARAD contract DTMA-91-85-C050572), 12 January 1986, agent, Interocean Management
SS Cape Carthage was activated for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990.
Downgraded from the RRF, date unknown, and assigned to the James River Group Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet for stripping
Final Disposition, part of a three ship scrapping contract awarded to Esco Marine, Brownsville, TX., 3 March 2008 for a contract total of $1,136,106
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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Lykes Bros SS Corp.
||Lykes Bros. SS Co.'s SS Margaret Lykes being delivered in 1963,
Photo ©Lykes Fleet Flashes.
|Gerhard Mueller Debus
||Lykes Bros. SS Co.'s SS Margaret Lykes moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, 6 November 1977
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
|SS Cape Carthage (AK-5042) - MARAD RRF
||SS Cape Catoche (AK-5043) and SS Cape Carthage (AK-5043) along with another Ready Reserve Force ship moored in the their layberths at Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
||US Maritime Administration
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