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SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064)


Cape M Class Heavy Lift Barge Carrier:
  • Laid down, 15 July 1970, as SS Doctor Lykes, a Maritime Administration type (C8-S-82a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 241) at General Dynamics Shipyard, Quincy MA
  • Launched, 10 July 1971
  • Delivered for mercantile service, 21 June 1972 to Lykes Bros Steamship Co.
  • Purchased from Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., 6 October 1986, by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
  • Renamed SS Cape Mendocino
  • Assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064)
  • SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064) was one of the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) 3 Heavy Lift Barge Carriers and one of the 63 ships of the Sealift Program Office.
  • Cape Mendocino was deactived, 10 October 2008 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Moved from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group to the National Defense Reserve Fleet Beaumont TX. Group, 15 October 2011
    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, 14 CAFS
    Complement 34
    Armament none
    Propulsion two steam turbines, two shafts

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    Merchant Service USA Lykes Bros. SS Co.
    Cape Mendocino 264k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Doctor Lykes moored to a buoy, circa 1972, location unknown.
    © Alex Duncan
    Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Cape Mendocino 1024k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Doctor Lykes arriving at Bremerhaven, Germany in July 1972. Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Cape Mendocino 885k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Doctor Lykes working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in July 1972. Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Cape Mendocino 111k Lykes Bros. Cargoliner SS Doctor Lykes underway, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy www.photoship.co.uk/
    Mike Hibbard
    Cape Mendocino 48k
    SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064) - MARAD RRF
    Cape Mendocino 38k SS Cape Mendocino moored at her layberth, probably at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Fort Eustis, VA., date unknown. Maritime Administration
    SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064) - MARAD
    Cape Mendocino 51k From left to right; SS Cape Mendocino ex USS Shenandoah (AD-44) and ex USS Sylvania (AFS-2), rafted together in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 8 April 2009 Photo by Mike Hibbard
    Cape Mendocino 103k
    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
    Cape Mendocino 254k SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 2 November 2014 between SS Cape Flattery (AK-5070) and SS Diamond State (ACS-7). Photo by Chris Holley

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