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MV Cape Lobos (AKE-5078)


Cape L Class Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in 1972 as MV Laurentian Forest, at Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd., St. Catharines, Canada
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to Burnett Steamship Co. Ltd., in September 1972
  • Renamed MV Grand Encounter, date unknown
  • Sold to Piute Energy & Transportation Co., Cleveland, OH., 2 May 1986, renamed MV Federal Seaway, reflagged US
  • Sold by Piute Energy & Transportation Co., to the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 12 March 1988, renamed MV Cape Lobos, assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force
  • When activated MV Cape Lobos (AKR-5078) was assigned to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • MV Cape Lobos (AKR-5078) was one of the Maritime Administrations 31 Roll-on/Roll-off Reserve Force Ships assigned to MSC
  • MV Cape Lobos was assigned to the MSC Strategic Sealift Force in FOS-10 status, berthed at Wilmington, N.C.
  • Removed from the RRF, 25 February 2000, and assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,000 t.(lt) 33,360 t.(fl)
    Length 683'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 29' 6" (max)
    Speed 16.2 kts.
    Cargo Capacity, 1,250,000 cubic feet
    Automobile Capacity, 2,250 cars
    Complement 30
    Armament none
    Propulsion two 9000 BHP 18 PC2V Pielstick Engines manufactured by Crossley Premier Engines Ltd., Manchester, England, twin shafts
    Bow Thrust Propeller, 1000 BHP

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    Cape Lobos 54k MV Cape Lobos (AKR-5078) underway, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Cape Lobos 27k MV Cape Lobos (AKR-5078) laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, VA., date unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration

    There is no DANFS history for MV Cape Lobos (AKR-5078) at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    National Register Eligibility Assessment

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