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SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073)


Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) Barge Carrier:
  • Laid down in 1973, as SS Delta Mar a Maritime Administration type (C8-S-81d) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 259) at Avondale Industries Corp., New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, date unknown, for operation by Delta Line
  • Renamed SS American Mar, date unknown
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration for assignment to the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF), 2 April 1987
  • Berthed at Beaumont, TX. as part of the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Fleet
  • When activated SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) is assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's four LASH Ready Reserve Force Ships
  • SS Cape Farewell can be activated in 10 days (ROS-10)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 18,900 t.(lt) 57,150 t.(fl)
    Length 894'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 38' (max.)
    Speed 18.7 kts.
    Cargo Capacity assigned 89 barges
    Full Operating Status Complement 31 Civilian Mariners
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller

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    Cape Farewell 45k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Cape Farewell 44k SSCape Farewell (AK-5073) moored pierside, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 50k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 82k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 53k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 62k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 55k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 100k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) moored pierside, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 92k SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    MARAD web site
    Cape Farewell 271k Ships moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 2 November 2014. From left to right: SS Cape Florida (AK-5071), SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073), SS Cape Flattery (AK-5070) and SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064 Photo by Chris Holley

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