MV Cape Texas at Bremerhaven, Germany, on October 7, 2023. Photo by Thoralf Doehring.
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MV CAPE TEXAS was originally built as MV REICHENFELS at Kiel, Germany, in 1977 and operated for DDG Hansa Line. Lykes Lines purchased the ship in 1981 and renamed it MV LYRA. In early 1993, the US Government bought LYRA and she entered Military Sealift Command service as USNS LYRA. Shortly afterwards, she was renamed MV CAPE TEXAS and transferred to the MARAD Ready Reserve Force on August 19, 1994. The ship is presently homeported in Beaumont, Tx., capable of being fully activated within 5 days.
|General Characteristics:||Built: 1977|
|Acquired by MARAD: 1993|
|Builder: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany|
|Propulsion system: two MAN 9L 52/55A heavy oil Diesel Engines|
|Length: 634.3 feet (193.3 meters)|
|Beam: 88.7 feet (27 meters)|
|Draft: 28.3 feet (8.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 24,555 tons full load|
|Speed: 20.5 knots|
|Capacity: 10,551 ft (3,216 meters) vehicle lane length or 340 standard 20-ft containers|
|Crew: 10 civilian crew (ROS); 26 civilian crew when activated|
|Homeport: Beaumont, Tx.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard MV CAPE TEXAS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
MV CAPE TEXAS Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the MV CAPE TEXAS arriving at Bremerhaven, Germany, on October 7, 2023.