SS Cape Mohican (T-AKR-5065)

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SS Cape Mohican
History
Name: SS Cape Mohican (T-AKR-5065)
Builder: General Dynamics Shipyard, Quincy MA
Laid down: 15 July 1971
Launched: 23 September 1972
Acquired: 20 March 1986
Identification:
Status: Ready reserve fleet
General characteristics
Displacement: 57,290 long tons
Length: 873 ft (266 m)
Beam: 105 ft (32 m)
Draft: 39 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: two steam turbines, one shaft
Speed: 16.2 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 34 (9 at reduced operational status)
Armament: none

The SS Cape Mohican (T-AKR-5065) is a steam turbine powered heavy-lift SEABEE barge carrier, one of two ships of her type in the Military Sealift Command's Ready Reserve Force.

She was originally built as the Maritime Administration type (C8-S-82a) hull SS Tillie Lykes, ON 536672, IMO 7223314, under MARAD contract (MA hull 243), for commercial use with the Lykes Brothers Steamship Company. She was laid down on 15 July 1971 at the General Dynamics Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, hull no. 20. She was launched on 23 September 1972, and delivered for service on 16 March 1973. The ship was turned over to MARAD on 20 March 1986, and assigned to MSC's RRF as SS Cape Mohican (T-AKR-5065).

Cape Mohican was activated for service during Desert Storm, and has performed various transportation duties over the years. She is berthed at Alameda, California as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). Regular maintenance and sea trials keep her ready to activate on five days' notice.

The Cape Mohican was the source of a 1996 spill of 40,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil in San Francisco Bay causing $3.625 million in natural resources damages.[1][2]

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