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SS Cleveland (AK-851)

Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1969 as SS American Mail a Maritime Administration type (C5-S-75a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 225) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched in 1969
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1969 for operation by the American Mail Lines
  • Acquired by Sealift Inc and renamed SS Cleveland, date unknown
  • When activated SS Cleveland (AK-851) was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's Modular Cargo Delivery System Ready Reserve Force (RRF) Ships
  • When not activated Cleveland is in commercial service for Sealift Inc.
    Displacement 9,779 t.(lt), 31,995 t.(fl)
    Length 605'
    Beam 82'
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Speed 18.9 kts
    Cargo Capacities
    Bale 1,045,160 cubic feet
    Refrigerated 21,839 cubic feet
    Liquid 95,080 cubic feet
    Passenger Capacity 12
    Speed 23 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement 45 Civilian Mariners, Reduced Operational Status 9 maintainers
    one geared steam turbine
    two B&W WT boilers, 875 PSI @ 950 degrees fahrenheit
    single propeller, 24,000shp

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    Merchant Service
    Cleveland 41k SS American Mail (American Mail Lines) in the port of Singapore, August 1975. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    SS Cleveland (AK-851)
    Cleveland 41k SS Cleveland (AK-851) under way, date and location unknown. Sealift Inc. web site

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