CAPE BLANCO


Year Built
1965
Official Number
505406
Ship Yard
Avondale Shipyards
General Type
Break Bulk
Specific Type
Break Bulk
Ship Length
540 feet
Beam
76 feet
Mast Height
143.0 feet
Net Tons
6320 tons
Gross Tons
10950 tons
Cargo Capacity
" 54033" square feet
Draft, Summer
22 tons
Draft, Lightweight
12.6 tons
Displacement, Summer
21840 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
7178 tons
Immersion, Summer
69.0 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
54.0 tons


Historical Narrative



The break-bulk cargo ship Cape Blanco was originally built as the SS Mason Lykes at the Avondale Shipyards in Avondale, Louisiana in 1965.  The ship was delivered to its owner, Lykes Brothers Steamship Company on September 20, 1966.  The Mason Lykes was a traditional break-bulk cargo vessel that transported cotton and other palletized and bulk cargoes from the Gulf of Mexico to the West Indies, Great Britain, and from the northern border of Portugal to the southern border of Denmark. 

Mason Lykes was one of a number of ships acquired by the Maritime Administration in 1985 and assigned to its Ready Reserve Force (RRF).  The Mason Lykes was renamed Cape Blanco, placed on a five-day activation status, and homeported in Alameda, California. 

Five years later, the Cape Blanco was among the 78 RRF ships activated to support Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM.  The vessel was ordered to activate on December 9, 1990, and placed under the operational control of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command.  It continued in service until September 1991. 

Cape Blanco was maintained in a reduced operating status (partially crewed) in Alameda, California, after which it was laid-up in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.

The MARAD's National Register Eligibility Assessment for Cape Blanco, available in the Documents section, also contains a detailed history of the vessel.
Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event: Ship Name Change
Date: 1/1/0001

Ship MASON LYKES changes name to CAPE BLANCO
Event: Acquisition
Date: 1/11/1985

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/1/1997

ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/1/1997

At San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/15/1997

ENRTE: Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/15/1997

At Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/18/1997

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/19/1997

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/12/1998

No-Notice Turbo Activation 98-4
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/13/1998

Completed Turbo Activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/25/2000

Conducting annual maintenance sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/26/2000

Completed annual maintenance sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/28/2001

Conducting TA-01-03 Sea Trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/29/2001

Completed TA-01-03 Sea Trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/1/2002

Under tow to San Franciscoe Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/1/2002

At San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/16/2002

Under tow to Alameda CA
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/16/2002

Returned from drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/31/2002

Conducting sea trial and maintenance act
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/2/2002

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/27/2003

Under tow to SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/27/2003

NDRF downgrade | New homeport is SBRF

Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Expand Download
9/14/2012 National Regioster Eligibility Assessment Cape Blanco.pdf