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MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053)

Cape D Class Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1971-72, as MV Tarago at At. & Ch. de France, Gironde, France for Wilhelmsen Line, Finland
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered for mercantile service, 20 February 1973
  • Acquired by Barber Steamship Co., date unknown
  • Purchased by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 28 October 1985, from Barber Steamship Co. and delivered to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Renamed MV Cape Domingo
  • Assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053)
  • MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053) is one of the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) 31 Roll-on/Roll-off ships and one of the 63 ships of the Sealift Program Office.
  • MV Cape Domingo is laid up as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet in a layberth at Charleston, S.C. in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 13,220 t.(lt) 34,617 t.(lt)
    Length 681'
    Beam 97'
    Draft 37' (max)
    Speed 16.2 kts.
    Full Operational Status 27
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Propulsion diesel, single shaft

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    mercantile Service
    Cape Domingo 489k MV Tarago underway in a New Zealand port, 10 June 1973.
    Photos by Mike Cornwall from the Chris Howell collection.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Cape Domingo 348k
    MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053) - MARAD RRF
    Cape Domingo 47k MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053) moored pierside, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Cape Domingo 89k MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo.
    Maritime Administration web site
    Cape Domingo 52k MV Cape Domingo (AKR-5053) moored pierside at Brooklyn, New York, October 1986. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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