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SS Cape Blanco (AK-5060)

Cape B Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 January 1965, as Mason Lykes, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-66a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 172) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 10 July 1965
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 20 September 1966, for operation by Lykes Bros SS Co.
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration and laid up in a layberth at Alameda, CA. as part of the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • When activated Cape Blanco (T-AK-5060) 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
  • Cape Blanco could be activated as needed
  • Downgraded from RRF and laid up in the Maritime Administrations (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 19 December 2002
    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, Reduced Operational Status 5 maintainers
    Propulsion High speed twin casing cross compound double reduction gear turbine, single propeller
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    Commercial Service
    Cape Blanco 85k Mason Lykes moored pierside, Busan South Korea, November 1980. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    US Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Fleet
    Cape Blanco 25k Cape Blanco (T-AK-5060) moored pierside, date and place unknown. Maritime Administration

    There is no DANFS history available for Cape Blanco (T-AK-5060) at NavSource
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    MARAD Vessel History Database
    National Register Eligibility Assessment

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