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MV Cape Horn (T-AKR 5068)

- formerly BARBER TØNSBERG -

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Built in 1979, the ship was delivered to Barber Steamship Co. as MV BARBER TØNSBERG. On May 15, 1986, she was purchased by the Maritime Administration and was subsequently converted for military use. Renamed MV CAPE HORN (T-AKR 5068) on December 1, 1986, she was assigned to the Ready Reserve Force on December 22, 1986. Since then, she is maintained in reduced operating status in a layberth at San Francisco, Calif. If required, she can be fully activated within 5 days. Some operations of the CAPE HORN include Operation Enduring Freedom (January 29, 2003 - July 15, 2003) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (January 19, 2004 - May 21, 2004 and July 4, 2004 - June 23, 2005.)

General Characteristics:Built: 1979
Builder: Kaldnes Mek. Versted A/S, Tønsberg, Norway
Purchased by MARAD: May 15, 1986
Propulsion system: one slow speed Diesel engine
Propellers: one
Length: 749 feet (228.3 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)
Draft: 36 feet (11 meters)
Displacement: 51,836 tons full load
Speed: 18.5 knots
Armament: none
Crew: 9 civilian mariners in ROS; 27 civilian mariners when activated
Homeport: San Francisco, Calif.

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard MV CAPE HORN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning on October 7, 2017, during an open ship event aboard CAPE HORN as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.

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