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Delivered as SS TILLIE LYKES to Lykes Bros Steamship Company in 1973, the ship was purchased by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) on September 13, 1986, and renamed SS CAPE MOHICAN (T-AKR 5065). Assigned to Military Sealift Command's Ready Reserve Force, the CAPE MOHICAN can be fully activated within 5 days if required.
The CAPE MOHICAN is a SEABEE (Sea Barge) ship. These ships were designed to carry loaded barges instead of only the cargo itself. The idea behind it was to reduce loading times since the carrier ship only had to load or unload its barges. Loading is done using the ships 2000-ton-capacity stern elevator. Under ideal conditions this process takes only 13 hours. A similar design were the LASH (lighter aboard ships) ships [see Cape F - class LASH ships]. However, the LASH ships use smaller barges but carry more of them. Loading aboard the LASH ships is done using the ship's 405-ton-capacity gantry crane.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: October 31, 1968|
|Keel laid: July 15, 1971|
|Launched: September 23, 1972|
|Delivered: March 16, 1973|
|Purchased by MARAD: September 13, 1986|
|Builder: General Dynamics Shipyard, Quincy, Mass.|
|Propulsion system: boilers and two steam turbines|
|Length: 873 feet (266 meters)|
|Beam: 105 feet (32 meters)|
|Draft: 39 feet (11.9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 57,290 long tons full load|
|Speed: 16+ knots|
|Aircraft: none but area between deckhouse and smokestacks may be used as landing platform|
|Capacity: 38 barges|
|Crew: 36 (when activated)|
|Homeport: Alameda, Calif.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS CAPE MOHICAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
SS CAPE MOHICAN Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE MOHICAN berthed at Alameda, Calif., on July 18, 2006.
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE MOHICAN berthed at Alameda, Calif., on March 28, 2010.