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MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066)

Cape H Class Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in 1978-79 as MV Barber Taif, a G2-Dsl - RO-RO ship at Tangen Verft, Kragro, Norway, for Wilhelmsen Line, Finland
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered for commercial service, 30 May 1979 to Barber Steamship Co.
  • Sold by Barber Steamship Co. to the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, in December 1986
  • Renamed MV Cape Hudson
  • Assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force as MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066)
  • When activated MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) is one of the Maritime Administrations 31 Roll-on/Roll-off Reserve Force Ships assigned to MSC
    MV Cape Hudson was activated for Desert Storm from 15 August 1990 to 20 May 1992
  • MV Cape Hudson is assigned to the MSC Pacific Strategic Sealift Force and is berthed at Pier 50, San Francisco, CA. in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 15,000 t.(lt) 51,836 t.(fl)
    Length 749'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 36' (max)
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 180,000 sq. ft., or 6,766 ISO containers
    Crane lift capacity, 39 t.
    Vehicle Ramp capacity 63.9 t.
    Fully Operational Status 27
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion one slow speed diesel engine, 17,288 hp, one propeller
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    Merchant Service Barber Blue Line (Wilhelmsen LInes A/S)
    Cape Hudson 589k MV Barber Taif moored at Singapore, 27 March 1986 Chris Howell
    MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) - MARAD Ready Reserve Force
    Cape Hudson 69k MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Cape Hudson 78k MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) underway, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    Maritime Administration
    Cape Hudson
    248k MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) moored pierside in the port of Huston, Texas during unloading operations, 19 July 1991.
    US Navy photo by PH1 Dewayne B. Smith. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication
    Robert Hurst
    Cape Hudson 505k MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) conducting anchor tests south of Angel Island, San Francisco Bay, 28 July 2007. Photo by CAPT Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Cape Hudson 54k MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) and MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) moored in their lay berths at Pier 50, San Francisco, CA., date unknown. Photo by Mike McCullough

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