CAPE FEAR


Year Built
1971
Official Number
530144
Ship Yard
Avondale Shipyards
General Type
Barge Ship
Specific Type
LASH
Ship Length
820.0 feet
Beam
100.00 feet
Mast Height
142.0 feet
Net Tons
18710 tons
Gross Tons
26410 tons
Cargo Capacity
72332 square feet
Draft, Summer
35.08 tons
Draft, Lightweight
15.3 tons
Displacement, Summer
44610 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
14790 tons
Immersion, Summer
142.0 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
104.0 tons


Historical Narrative



Cape Fear is a Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) barge carrier, built for Prudential-Grace Lines in 1971 as Lash Espana.  The vessel was later operated by Farrell Lines as Austral Lightning

LASH vessels aredesigned to act as mother ships for fleets of barges, which were offloaded, and loaded in riverine ports. The LASH concept was well suited to military cargo transport, particularly in littoral and underdeveloped geographic areas.

The Maritime Administration purchased the Austral Lightning in May 1985 and renamed it Cape Fear.  As a part of the Ready Reserve Force, the vessel participated in cargo operations during Operation DESERT STORM. 

The vessel was downgraded to the National Defense Reserve Fleet in July 2006, where it is currently in emergency sealift status.

Vessel Name History

1971 - 1976: Lash España
1976 - 1993: Austral Lightning
1993 - present: Cape Fear

Photo Captions

1.) Cape Fear stern elevator.  MARAD file photo.
2.) Cape Fear berthed at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  MARAD file photo
3.) Cape Fear berthed at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  MARAD file photo
4.) Cape Fear stern elevator.  MARAD file photo.
5.) Cape Fear berthed at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  MARAD file photo
6.) Cape Fear berthed at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  MARAD file photo.

Historical Documents

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Milestones


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

Ship AUSTRAL LIGHTNING changes name to CAPE FEAR
Event: Acquisition
Date: 1/11/1985

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/28/1997

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/29/1997

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/25/1997

ENRTE: SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/25/1997

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/7/1997

ENRTE: Under tow to Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/7/1997

At Alameda Point for underwater survey
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/6/1997

ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/6/1997

At San Francisco Drydock f/ hull inspect
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/8/1997

Under tow to SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/8/1997

Returned from drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/11/1998

No-Notice Turbo Activation 98-3
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/18/1998

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/19/1998

Completed sea trial and will deactivate
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/14/1998

ENRTE: SBRF following deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/14/1998

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/6/2000

ENRTE: Shipyard for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/6/2000

At Army Terminal Berth 9 for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/18/2000

ENRTE: Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/18/2000

Alameda Point Pier 3
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/30/2000

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/2/2000

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/13/2001

ENRTE: SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/13/2001

Returned from shipyard repair
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/31/2002

Tow to Alameda CA for RRF maintenance
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/31/2002

In for RRF maintenance
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/7/2003

ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/7/2003

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/5/2003

Maintenace activation and sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/6/2003

Towed back to San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/8/2003

Maintenance activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/10/2003

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/21/2004

Commencing Turbo Activation 04-5 sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/24/2004

Completed Turbo Activation 04-5 sea trial
Event:
Date: 7/19/2006

Arrival for downgraded from RRF to NDRF Retention in the Fleet
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/19/2006

Arrival for downgraded from RRF to NDRF Retention in the Fleet
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/19/2006

Arrival for downgraded from RRF to NDRF Retention in the Fleet

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Documents


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