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SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062)


Cape I Class Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 July 1975, as SS Nevada a Maritime Administration type (C7-S-95a) hull, under Maritime Administrations contract (MA hull 281) at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 15 May 1976
  • Delivered for mercantile service, 30 November 1976 to States Steamship Co.
  • Acquired by Whitney National Bank of New Orleans, date unknown
  • Chartered by Lykes Bros Steamship Co., date unknown, and renamed SS Charles Lykes
  • Sold by Whitney National Bank, 9 June 1986,to the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration,
  • Renamed SS Cape Isabel
  • Assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062)
  • SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) 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.
  • SS Cape Isabel is laid up as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet in a layberth at Long Beach, CA. in ROS-5 status
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,000 t.(lt) 33,900 t.(lt)
    Length 655'
    Beam 102'
    Draft 32' (max)
    Speed 18.7 kts.
    Complement
    Full Operational Status 31
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion two steam turbines, two propellers

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    Cape Edmont 269k MV Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) moored inboard of MV Cape Edmont (AKR-5069) at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR. in 1987
    Photo the late Alex Wood.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Cape Isabel 57k SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) underway in San Francisco, Bay, date unknown. MSC web site
    Cape Isabel 75k SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) underway, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Isabel 266k SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) loading trucks belonging to the 81st Armor Brigade on their way to Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom at Tacoma, WA., February 2007.
    MSC photo by Larry Crutchfield.
    Bill Gonyo
    Cape Isabel 1776k SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) in her layberth at Long Beach, CA. in May 2009. Photos by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Cape Isabel 1720k
    Cape Isabel 1739k SS Cape Isabel (AKR-5062) moored at ex-Naval Station Long Beach pier 15 in May 2009 Richard Miller BMCS USNS Ret.

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