CAPE BORDA


Year Built
1967
Official Number
507344
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
31.58 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 Borda was originally built as the SS Howell Lykes at the Avondale Shipyards in Avondale, Louisiana in 1967.  The ship was delivered to its owner, Lykes Brothers Steamship Company later that year.  The Howell 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.  

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

Five years later, Cape Borda 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 U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.  It continued in service until September 1991. 

Cape Borda 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 Borda, available in the Documents section, also contains a detailed history of the vessel.

Vessel Name History

1967 - 1985: Howell Lykes
1985 - present: Cape Borda
Historical Documents
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Milestones


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

Ship HOWELL LYKES changes name to CAPE BORDA
Event: Acquisition
Date: 1/11/1985

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/26/1997

ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/26/1997

At San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/12/1997

ENRTE: NAS Alameda
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/12/1997

At NAS Alameda
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/15/1997

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/15/1997

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/19/1998

Conducting activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/21/1998

Completed activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/9/1999

No Turbo Notice Activation seatrial 00-1
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/10/1999

Completed TA 00-1
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/8/2002

ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/8/2002

In for drydocking at San Francisco DD
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/29/2002

ENRTE: Alameda Pt. following drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/29/2002

Returned from San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/22/2002

Conducting maintenance sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/24/2002

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/29/2003

Shifting from Pier 1 to Pier 3
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/29/2003

Completed shift to Pier 3
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/22/2003

Vessel shifting Pier 3 to Pier 2
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/22/2003

Completed shift to Pier 2
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/29/2003

ENRTE: SBRF for NDRF Lay-up
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/29/2003

SBRF is New Homeport

Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


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