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Built in 1971 as SS LASH ESPANIA and operated by Prudential Line, the ship was later renamed SS AUSTRAL LIGHTNING before being reacquired by MARAD in May 1985. Subsequently assigned to the Ready Reserve Fleet, the CAPE FEAR was reassigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet in July 2006 and is since then laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
|General Characteristics:||Delivered: 1971|
|Builder: Avondale Industries, New Orleans, La.|
|Reaquired by MARAD: May 13, 1985|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, geared steam turbine|
|Length: 820 feet (250 meters)|
|Beam: 100 feet (30.5 meters)|
|Draft: max. 35 feet (10.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 44,250 tons full load|
|Speed: 19 knots|
|Capacity: 75 LASH barges|
|Crew: Full Operating Status: 31|
|Homeport: laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS CAPE FEAR. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
SS CAPE FEAR Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE FEAR berthed at Alameda, Calif., on July 18, 2006.
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE FEAR laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.