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SS Ambassador (AK-5007)

Cape A Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 January 1959, as SS Export Ambassador a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-58a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 57) at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Newark, N.J.
  • Launched,23 April 1960
  • Delivered to the American Export Lines in January 1961
  • Acquired by Farrell Lines from American Export - Isbrandsten Lines, in 1978
  • Acquired by the Maritime Administration from Farrell Lines, circa 1978 for lay up in the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), James River, Lee Hall, VA. in a retention status, named changed to SS Ambassador
  • Assigned to the US Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force (RRF), as AK-5007, 15 December 1980
  • Outported, 24 July 1981, to US Navy Ammunition Depot Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, VA.
  • SS Ambassador could be activated in 10 days
  • Activated for Desert Shield/Storm, 16 January 1991, for Desert Shield/Storm
  • Assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 7 December 1993
  • Moved to the National Defense Reserve Fleet anchorage at Suisun Bay in 1995
  • Downgraded from RRF retention status to non-retention status in 2001
  • Sold for scrapping, circa December 2011
  • Final Disposition, towed to Texas and scrapped in 2012
    Displacement 7,848 t.(lt), 10,986 t.(fl)
    Length 492' 6"
    Beam 73'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement
    Civilian Mariners, 55
    Reduced Operating Status 5 Maintainers
    two General Electric steam turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    single propeller, 12,500shp

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    Merchant Service American Export Isbrandtsen Lines.
    264k American Export - Isbrandtsen Lines SS Export Ambassador underway, circa 1960s-70s, location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    MARAD Ready Reserve
    Ambassador 34k SS Ambassador (AK-5007) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Flee, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown Maritime Administration photos
    Ambassador 22k
    Ambassador 246k SS Ambassador (AK-5007) drydocked in Dry Dock #3 at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard for bottom cleaning prior to being towed to Texas for dismantling, 4 April 2012 Photo by Chris Rasmussen
    Ambassador 255k SS Ambassador (AK-5007) under tow in San Francisco Bay, 14 April 2012, enroute to Texas for scrapping after bottom cleaning at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Photos were taken from the Golden Gate Bridge. Photos by Richard Jones
    Ambassador 276k
    Ambassador 305k

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