CAPE BRETON


Year Built
1967
Official Number
508378
Ship Yard
Avondale Shipyards
General Type
Break Bulk
Specific Type
Break Bulk
Ship Length
540 feet
Beam
76.00 feet
Mast Height
143.0 feet
Net Tons
6320 tons
Gross Tons
10950 tons
Cargo Capacity
"54033" square feet
Draft, Summer
22.00 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 Breton was originally built as the SS Dolly Turman at the Avondale Shipyards in Avondale, Louisiana in 1966.  The ship was delivered to its owner, Lykes Brothers Steamship Company later that year.  The Dolly Turman 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. 

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

Five years later, Cape Breton was among the 78 Ready Reserve Force ships activated to support Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM.  The vessel was ordered to activate on August 24, 1990, and placed under the operational control of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command.  It continued in service until September 1991. 

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

Vessel Name History

1967 - 1985: Dolly Turman
1985 - present: Cape Breton
Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event: Ship Name Change
Date: 1/11/1985

Ship DOLLY TURMAN changes name to CAPE BRETON
Event: Entry
Date: 1/11/1985

Event: Acquisition
Date: 1/11/1985

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/15/1997

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

At San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/29/1997

ENRTE: Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/29/1997

At Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/25/1997

Conducting maintenance activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/26/1997

Complete maintenance activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/20/1998

No-Notice Turbo Activation 98-5
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/21/1998

Completed Turbo Activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/7/1999

No-Notice Turbo Activation 99-2
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/8/1999

Completed Turbo Activation 99-2
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/18/1999

ENRTE: SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/18/1999

New homeport at SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/17/2000

ENRTE: Alameda for RRF Maintenance
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/17/2000

At Alameda Point Pier 3 Berth 15
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/5/2001

ENRTE: Cascade General S/Y Portland OR
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/7/2001

In for drydocking at Cascade General S/Y
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/3/2001

Conducting maintenance sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/5/2001

Completed drydocking and sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/2/2001

ENRTE: SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/2/2001

Returned from drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/14/2002

Under tow to Alameda CA for TA02-03
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/14/2002

At Alameda for no-notice activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/21/2002

Turbo Activation 02-03 sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/24/2002

Completed Turbo Activation 02-03 S/T
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/8/2003

Moving alongside the CAPE GIRARDEAU
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/8/2003

Completed shift for downgrade to NDRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/25/2003

ENRTE: SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/25/2003

Returned from repairs and downgrade
Event: Stripping Action
Date: 6/7/2005

"SSTG parts removed 6/7/2005, transferred to TS ENTERPRISE to support upgrade. Boxes EM-97, 98, 102 transferred."

Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Expand Download
9/14/2012 National Register Eligibility Assessment Cape Breton.pdf