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SS Cape Breton (AK-5056)
Cape B Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 15 January 1964, as SS Dolly Turman, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-66a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 181) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA. (Official Number 508378)
Launched, 4 June 1966
Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 15 May 1967, for operation by Lykes Bros SS Co.
SS Dolly Turman was a traditional break-bulk cargo vessel that transported cotton and other palletized and bulk cargoes from the Gulf of
Mexico to the West Indies, Great Britain, and from the northern border of Portugal to the southern border of Denmark.
Reacquired by the Maritime Administration in 1985
Entered the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 1 May 1985
renamed SS Cape Breton (AK-5056) in September 1985
Outported to Triple A Machine Ship, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA., (MARAD contract DTMA-91-95-C-50575), 13 May 1989, agent American President Lines
When activated Cape Breton) 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
Cape Breton could be activated in 5 days
SS Cape Breton was activated for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm from 24 August 1990 to September 1991
SS Cape Breton was maintained in a reduced operating status (partially crewed) in Alameda, CA., after which it was laid-up in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.
Downgraded from RRF and laid up in the Maritime Administrations (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, 19 December 2002
California, after which it was laid-up in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 2017, departed San Francisco Bay, 7 August 2017, under tow to All Star Metals, Brownsville TX by tug
MV Rachel and arrived at Brownsville, 3 September 2017
Displacement 7,178 t.(lt), 21,840 t.(fl)
Draft 33' (max.)
Speed 18 kts.
Full Operating Status Complement (unknown) Civilian Mariners
Propulsion High speed twin casing cross compound double reduction gear turbine, single propeller
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Lykes Bros SS Corp.
||SS Dolly Turman moored pierside in a US port, date and location unknown. Photo originally ©A. Duncan.
|US Maritime Administration
||SS Cape Breton (AK-5056) at Singapore, 16 December 1990.
Photo © Roy Kittle.
||SS Cape Breton (AK-5056) under way, date and location unknown.
||US Maritime Administration
There is no DANFS history available for SS Cape Breton (AK-5056) at NavSource
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
National Register Eligibility Assessment
"The Last Two" - Cape Breton tow 29 July 2017
Last Updated 6 July 2018
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