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MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068)

Cape H Class Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in 1979 as SS Barber Tonsberg, a G2-Dsl - RO-RO ship, by Kaldnes Me., Verk., for Wilh. Wilhelmsen Line
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered for commercial service, 30 June 1979, to Wilh. Wilhelmsen Line (Barber Steamship Lines Ship Management Co.)
  • Sold by Barber Steamship Lines, in December 1986 to the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
  • Renamed MV Cape Horn
  • Assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force as MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068)
  • When activated MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) is assigned to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Maritime Administrations 31 Roll-on/Roll-off Reserve Force Ships assigned to MSC
  • MV Cape Horn is assigned to the MSC Pacific Strategic Sealift Force and is berthed at Pier 50, San Francisco, CA. in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 15,000 t.(lt) 51,836 t.(fl)
    Length 749'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 36' (max)
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 180,000 sq. ft., or 6,766 ISO containers
    Crane lift capacity, 39 t.
    Vehicle Ramp capacity 63.9 t.
    Fully Operational Status 27
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion one slow speed diesel engine, 17,288 hp, one propeller
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    Cape Horn 59k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Cape Horn 60k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) underway, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Cape Horn 98k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) underway, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Cape Horn 66k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) underway, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Cape Horn 115k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) underway, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Cape Hudson 54k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) and MV Cape Hudson (AKR-5066) moored in their lay berths at Pier 50, San Francisco, CA., date unknown. Photo by Mike McCullough
    Cape Horn
    168k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) moored at the Hampton Roads Wharf Company facility on the James River. 2 October 1993.
    U.S. Navy photo by Don S. Montgomery
    Robert Hurst
    Cape Horn
    215k A U.S. Army stevedore directs a tractor trailer down the ramp of the Ready Reserve Force ship MV Cape Horn (T-AKR-5068) at a port facility in the Persian Gulf, 19 October 1994. Army stevedores from the 567th Transportation Company, Ft. Eustis, VA. were flown to the region to download the equipment from the ships in preparation for Operation Vigilant Warrior, (October 8-December 22, 1994) the U.S. Armed Forces response to aggressive Iraqi actions towards Kuwait, 19 October 19, 1994.
    National Museum of the U.S. Navy photo # 330-CFD-DF-ST-98-04386 by Conrad M. Evans. Posted to Flickr by Photograph Curator
    Robert Hurst
    Cape Horn 208k MV Cape Horn (AKR-5068) passing east of Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay, 25 July 2014. Cape Horn had swung ship in south San Francisco Bay, transited the Delta-Echo span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and was outbound to sea. Photo by Capt. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.

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