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T-AK-5038 Cape Charles

Cape C Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1963 as SS Charlotte Lykes a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37c) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 116) at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched in 1963
  • Delivered to Lykes Bros. SS Co. 20 September 1963
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 31 July 1984, for lay up in the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Renamed Cape Charles in September 1985
  • When activated Cape Charles (T-AK-5038) 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
  • Downgraded from the RRF,date unknown
  • Sold for scrapping, 24 August 2007, to North American Ship Recycling, Sparrows Point, MD., as part of a five ship contract for $2,161,610
  • Final Disposition, scrapping contact re-awarded to Marine Metals Inc of Brownsville Dec 21, 2007, as part of the three ship deal (Pride, Scan and Cape Charles) for just over $1.4 Million after North American Ship Recycling defaulted on contract.
    Displacement 7,800 t.(lt) 19,800 t.(fl)
    Length 494' 8"
    Beam 68' 5"
    Draft 19' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement approximately 21
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Cape Charles 61k SS Charlotte Lykes underway on the River Weser, leaving Bremen in October 1963. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape Charles 99k SS Charlotte Lykes being towed out of the port of Bremen, Germany in 1964. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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