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SS Cape Florida (AK-5071)
Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) Barge Carrier:
Laid down, 29 December 1969, as SS LASH Turkiye a Maritime Administration type (C8-S-81b) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 229) at Avondale Industries Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 10 October 1970
Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 12 September 1973, for operation by Prudential Grace Line
Acquired by Delta Line and renamed SS Delta Caribe, date unknown
Renamed SS American Caribe, date unknown
Reacquired by the Maritime Administration for assignment to the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF), 17 February 1987
Berthed at Beaumont, TX. as part of the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Fleet
When activated SS Cape Florida (AK-5071) is assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's four LASH Ready Reserve Force Ships
Cape Florida can 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Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 28 July 2006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 14,790 t.(lt) 44,610 t.(fl)
Draft 38' (max.)
Speed 18.7 kts.
Cargo Capacity assigned 77 barges
Full Operating Status Complement 31 Civilian Mariners
Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller
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||SS American Caribe underway, date and location unknown.
US Maritime Administration photo.
|MARAD web site
|MARAD Ready Reserve Fleet
||SS Cape Florida (AK-5071) moored pierside, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo.
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||SS Cape Florida (AK-5071) at anchor on the Mississippi River in July 1995.
Photo courtesy Karsten Petersen, Global Sailor Images
There is no DANFS history available for SS Cape Florida (AK-5071) at NavSource
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Last Updated 5 March 2010
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