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SS Cape Carthage (AK-5042)

Cape C Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1963 as SS Margaret Lykes a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37c) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 134) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA. (Official Number 293555)
  • Launched in 1964
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1964 for operation by Lykes Bros. SS Co.
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration in 1984
  • Entered the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., 20 September 1985, renamed SS Cape Carthage, Military Sealift Command (MSC) designation AK-5042
  • When activated SS Cape Carthage (AK-5042) 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 that could be activated in 5 days (RRF-5)
  • Outported a Melvile Marine Industries, (MARAD contract DTMA-91-85-C050572), 12 January 1986, agent, Interocean Management
  • SS Cape Carthage was activated for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990.
  • Downgraded from the RRF, date unknown, and assigned to the James River Group Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet for stripping
  • Final Disposition, part of a three ship scrapping contract awarded to Esco Marine, Brownsville, TX., 3 March 2008 for a contract total of $1,136,106
    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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    Merchant Service Lykes Bros SS Corp.
    Cape Carthage 219k Lykes Bros. SS Co.'s SS Margaret Lykes being delivered in 1963,
    Photo ©Lykes Fleet Flashes.
    Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Cape Carthage 89k Lykes Bros. SS Co.'s SS Margaret Lykes moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, 6 November 1977 Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
    SS Cape Carthage (AK-5042) - MARAD RRF
    Cape Catoche 53k SS Cape Catoche (AK-5042) and SS Cape Carthage (AK-5043) along with another Ready Reserve Force ship moored in the their layberths at Norfolk, VA., date unknown. US Maritime Administration

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