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SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051)


Cape G Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Indian Mail a Maritime Administration type (C5-S-75a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 216) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 13 December 1968, for operation by American Mail Lines
  • Named changed to SS President Jackson, date unknown
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration and assignment to the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF)
  • Berthed at Alameda, CA. as part of the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Fleet
  • When activated SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's six Modular Cargo Delivery System Ready Reserve Force Ships
  • SS Cape Gibson could be activated in 5 days
  • Reassigned as training ship for Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX.,19 October 2009, renamed TS Texas Clipper IV
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,779 t.(lt), 31,995 t.(fl)
    Length 605'
    Beam 82'
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Speed 18.9 kts
    Cargo Capacity 22,216 DWT
    n on-refrigerated 70,929 Cu ft. (75% capacity)
    Speed 17 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement 32 Civilian Mariners, Reduced Operational Status 9 maintainers
    Propulsion
    one steam turbine
    two boilers
    single propeller, 14,494shp
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    Commercial Service
    Cape Gibson 98k SS Indian Mail at Yokohama, Japan, 30 March 1974. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape Gibson (T-AK-5051)
    Cape Gibson 106k SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) underway in San Francisco Bay having passed under the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Cape Gibson 62k SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Gibson 67k SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) moored pierside, date unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Gibson 61k SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) moored pierside, date unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Gibson 42k SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) moored in a shipyard, date unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    TS Texas Clipper IV
    Cape Gibson 49k TS Texas Clipper IV, ex-SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) moored at the Texas Maritime Academy, Galveston, TX., date unknown. Texas A&M University, Galveston web site

    There is no DANFS history available for SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051) at NavSource
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    Texas A&M University at Galveston
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