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SS Cape Fear (AK-5061)
Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) Barge Carrier:
Laid down in 1971 as SS LASH Espania a Maritime Administration type (C9-S-81d) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 230) at Avondale Industries Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, date unknown
Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 28 April 1971, for operation by Prudential Line
Named changed to SS Austral Lightning, date unknown
Reacquired by the Maritime Administration for assignment to the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF), 13 May 1985
SS Cape Fear was berthed at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. as part of the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Fleet
When activated SS Cape Fear (AK-5061) was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's four LASH Ready Reserve Force Ships
Cape Fear could be activated in 10 days
Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 28 July 2006
Displacement 33,000 t.(lt) 44,250 t.(fl)
Draft 35' (max.)
Speed 18.7 kts.
Cargo Capacity assigned 73 barges
Full Operating Status Complement 31 Civilian Mariners
Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller
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||SS Austral Lightning underway in a New Zealand port, date and location unknown.
Photo from the Chris Howell Collection
|Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
|SS Cape Fear (AK-5061) - MARAD RRF|
||SS Cape Fear (AK-5061) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|MSC web site
||SS Cape Fear (AK-5061) moored in her berth at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., January 2014.
||Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
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Last Updated 14 February 2014
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