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Delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in October 1968, the ship entered service with American Mail Lines as SS ALASKAN MAIL. Renamed SS PRESIDENT ADAMS on April 11, 1978, the ship continued civilian service until April 1988, when it was reaquired by MARAD. Renamed SS CAPE GIRARDEAU (T-AK 2039), the ship was subsequently berthed at Alameda, Calif., as part of the Military Sealift Command's Ready Reserve Force. In this role, the CAPE GIRARDEAU participated in Operation Desert Storm and from time to time joined naval exercises like RIMPAC 2004. Later withdrawn from the Ready Reserve Force, the ship was reassigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet and is presently laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif.
|General Characteristics:||Delivered: 1968|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.|
|Reaquired by MARAD: April 11, 1988|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, geared steam turbine|
|Length: 604 feet (184 meters)|
|Beam: 82 feet (25 meters)|
|Draft: 35 feet (10.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 31,995 tons full load|
|Speed: 21 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform only|
|Capacity: 332 TEU containers and 1,082,207 cu ft|
|Crew: Reduced Operating Status: 9, Full Operating Status: 32|
|Homeport: laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS CAPE GIRARDEAU. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
SS CAPE GIRARDEAU Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE GIRARDEAU berthed at Alameda, Calif., on July 18, 2006.
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE GIRARDEAU berthed at Alameda, Calif., on March 11, 2008.
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE GIRARDEAU laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.