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SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) (1966 - 2001)

Cape B Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1964 as Velma Lykes, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-66a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 182) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched in 1966
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1966, for operation by Lykes Bros SS Co.
  • Purchased from Lykes Bros., 26 June 1985
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration, and laid up in reserve at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. as part of the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Renamed SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) in September 1985
  • When activated Cape Bon 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
  • SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) was outported to Hunters Point San Francisco, 18 February 1986 under MARAD contract DTMA 91-85-C-50574 with International Corp., and a General Agency Agreement with American President Line for RRF 5 status Cape Bon could be activated in 5 days
  • Transferred to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2001 and renamed USTS Enterprise
  • Renamed USTS Kennedy by Massachusetts Maritime Academy in January 2009
    Displacement 7,178 t.(lt), 21,840 t.(fl)
    Length 540'
    Beam 76'
    Draft 33' (max.)
    Speed 18 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement (unknown) Civilian Mariners
    Propulsion High speed twin casing cross compound double reduction gear turbine, single propeller

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    Merchant Service Lykes Bros. Steamship Co.
    Cape Bon 81k SS Velma Lykes inbound at Durban, South Africa, June 1985. Photograph courtesy of Kevin Moore -, Willam Van Maanan Collection Robert Hurst
    Cape Bon 316k Lykes Cargoliner SS Velma Lykes in harbor, date and location unknown.
    © Alex Duncan.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    MARAD (RRF) Ready Reserve Force
    Cape Bon 46k SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) moored pierside forward of an unidentified cargo ship, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Bon 51k SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) getting under way at NAS Alameda circa late-2000, She may have been heading south for conversion at Bender Ship Repair, Mobile, AL. to the training ship Enterprise. Tugs from American Navigation Co. are assisting Cape Bon out of her berth. Photos by Bruce Moyer
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    Cape Bon 39k SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) during conversion at Bender Ship Repair, Mobile, AL. to the training ship Enterprise. Conversion work began, 1 January 2001 and was completed in 2003. Image from Massachusetts Maritime Academy Robert Hurst
    Massachusetts Maritime Academy - USTS Enterprise
    Cape Bon 21k USTS Enterprise arrives at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA., 2003. Image from Massachusetts Maritime Academy Robert Hurst
    Enterprise 16k Ex-SS Cape Bon (AK-5059) in service as USTS Enterprise moored pierside at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy dock, date unknown. Massachusetts Maritime Academy web site
    Enterprise 13k USTS Enterprise underway, 1 January 2005, renamed USTS Kennedy in January 2009 in honor of the Kennedy family. Image courtesy of MMAPA (Massachusetts Maritime Academy Parents Association) Robert Hurst
    213k USTS Enterprise moored at Massachusetts Maritime Academy dock, 2008.
    Photo courtesy of Cain imamura. This file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.
    Robert Hurst
    Massachusetts Maritime Academy - USTS Kennedy
    93k USTS Kennedy moored pierside at New York, N.Y., 2022.
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