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SS Cape Borda (AK-5058)
Cape B Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 18 October 1965, as SS Howell Lykes, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-66a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 180) at
Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 16 April 1966
Delivered to her owners, Lykes Bros. SS Co., 2 May 1967
Acquired by the Maritime Administration in 1985 and laid up in a layberth at Alameda, CA. as part of the Maritime Administrations Ready Reserve Force
Cape Borda could be activated in 5 days
When activated SS Cape Borda (AK-5058) 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
SS Cape Borda was activated for Desert Storm/ Desert Shield from 26 August 1990 to September 1991 and placed under the operational control of the
US Navy’s Military Sealift Command
Cape Borda was maintained in a reduced operating status (partially crewed) in Alameda, CA. from September 1991 to April 2003
Downgraded from RRF and laid up in the Maritime Administrations (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 28 April 2003
Downgraded from retention status to non-retention status, 31 July 2006
Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet for scrapping, 3 August 2017, departed San Francisco Bay, 7 August 2017, under tow to All Star Metals, Brownsville TX by tug MV C.F. Campbell
Displacement 13,669 t.(lt), 21,014 t.(fl)
Draft 42'6" (max.)
Speed 20 kts.
Cargo Capacity, 727,950 cu. ft.
Full Operating Status Complement (unknown) Civilian Mariners, Reduced Operational Status 5 maintainers
Boilers, two Foster-Wheeler water tube boilers
Main Engine, one high speed twin casing cross compound double reduction DeLaval geared turbine
Ship Service Generators, two 750KW
single propeller, 15,500SHP
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Lykes Bros. SS Co.
||Aerial view of SS Howell Lykes under way in 1975.
Photo from the Chris Howell collection (negative received from Keith Wood).
||SS Howell Lykes under way in harbor assisted by a tug, date and location unknown.
Photo © A. Duncan
|MV Cape Borda (AK-5058) - MARAD RRF
||SS Cape Borda (AK-5058) moored pierside probably at her layberth at Alameda, CA., date unknown.
||US Maritime Administration
There is no DANFS history available for SS Cape Borda (AK-5058) at NavSource
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
National Register Eligibility Assessment
"The Last Two" - Cape Borda tow 7 August 2017
Last Updated 3 November 2017
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