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SS Cape May (AKR-5063)


Cape M Class Heavy Lift Barge Carrier:
  • Laid down, 31 October 1971, as SS Almeria Lykes, a Maritime Administration type (C8-S-82a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 242) at General Dynamics Shipyard, Quincy MA
  • Launched, 27 February 1972
  • Delivered for commercial service, 26 September 1972 to Lykes Bros Steamship Co.
  • Purchased from Lykes Bros Steamship Co., by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 25 July 1986
  • Renamed SS Cape May
  • Assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as SS Cape May (AKR-5063)
  • SS Cape May (AKR-5063) is one of the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) 3 Heavy Lift Barge Carriers and one of the 63 ships of the Sealift Program Office.
  • SS Cape May is laid up in a layberth at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. in FOS-5 status
    Specifications:
    Displacement 18,900 t.(lt) 55,660 t.(lt)
    Length 876'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 40' (max)
    Speed 16.2 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 24 barges, 19 CAFS
    Complement
    Full Operational Status 34
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    two shafts

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    Merchant Service
    Cape May 335k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Almeria Lykes at anchor, circa 1972.
    Photo © Alex Duncan.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape May 543k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Almeria Lykes working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany, late in an afternoon in November 1977. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape May 80k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Doctor Lykes underway, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy www.photoship.co.uk/
    Mike Hibbard
    Cape May 89k
    Cape May 79k
    SS Cape May (AKR-5063) - MARAD RRF
    Cape May 52k SS Cape May (AKR-5063) underway, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Cape May 57k SS Cape May (AKR-5063) in her layberth at Alameda, CA., date unknown.
    DOD photo from the Defense Visual Information Center
    Peter Westdijk
    Cape May 35k SS Cape May (AKR-5063) in her layberth at Alameda, CA., date unknown.
    DOD photo from the Defense Visual Information Center
    Peter Westdijk
    Cape May 1433k SS Cape May (AKR-5063) in Boston's Dry Dock Number 3, 8 December 2006. Photo by Arnold Reinhold Robert Hurst

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