CAPE GIRARDEAU


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Year Built
1968
Official Number
517120
Ship Yard
Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
General Type
Break Bulk
Specific Type
Breakbulk (w/SEF)
MARAD Type
--
Ship Length
605.0 feet
Beam
82.00 feet
Mast Height
140.7 feet
Net Tons
10002 tons
Gross Tons
15949 tons
Cargo Capacity
70929 square feet
Draft, Summer
35.00 tons
Draft, Lightweight
12.3 tons
Displacement, Summer
31995 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
9779 tons
Immersion, Summer
91.0 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
74.0 tons


Historical Narrative



Cape Girardeau is a break-bulk cargo ship built for American Mail Line, Ltd. in 1968 as Alaskan Mail.  The vessel was later sold to American President Lines and renamed President Adams

The Maritime Administration purchased the vessel in 1988 and renamed it Cape Girardeau.  While part of the Ready Reserve Force, Cape Girardeau was part of the flotilla that engaged in cargo operations during Operation DESERT STORM. 

In October 2008 Cape Girardeau, already anchored in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, was downgraded to the National Defense Reserve Fleet retention program where it is currently in emergency sealift status.

Vessel Name History

1968 - 1978: Alaskan Mail
1978 - 1988: President Adams
1988 - present: Cape Girardeau

Photo Captions

1.) Cape Girardeau, at dock.  MARAD file photo.
2.) Cape Girardeau, at anchor in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  MARAD file photo.
3.) Cape Girardeau underway.  MARAD file photo.
4.) Cape Girardeau underway.  MARAD file photo.

Historical Documents

No documents for this vessel


Milestones


Event: Acquisition
Date: 4/12/1988

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/13/1997

ENRTE: NAS Alameda
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/13/1997

At NAS Alameda
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/12/1997

ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/12/1997

At San Francisco Drydock f/ hull inspect
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/14/1997

ENRTE: Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/14/1997

At Alameda Point / new homeport
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/24/1998

No-Notice Turbo Activation 98-3
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/25/1998

Completed Turbo Activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/16/1999

ENRTE: Cascade Marine in Portland OR
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/17/1999

At Cascade Marine for boiler plug
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/25/1999

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/27/1999

Completed sea trial at Alameda
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/10/2001

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/11/2001

Completed sea trial / MSC OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/12/2001

Commencing WESTEX 01 Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/17/2001

In Pearl Harbor HI for MCDS OPS WESTEX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/21/2001

On MCDS OPS prior to Alameda return
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/24/2001

Discharging cargo
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/29/2001

Conducting MCDS operations/Enrte:Alameda
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/14/2001

Return from UREP / MARAD OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/27/2002

Turbo Activation 02-02 sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/30/2002

Completed Turbo Activation 02-02 S/T
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/13/2003

ENRTE: Cascade General for drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/15/2003

At Cascade General for drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/24/2003

ENRTE: Alameda CA
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/26/2003

Returned from drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/29/2004

Commencing LIVE EX-05 | MSC OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/23/2004

Completed LIVE EX-05 | MARAD OPCON
Event: Depart
Date: 3/20/2008

"Under tow from Alameda, CA at 0904PDT to BAE in San Francisco, CA."
Event: Arrival
Date: 3/20/2008

"At BAE in San Francisco, CA, first line 1030PDT."
Event: Depart
Date: 3/27/2008

"ENROUTE to Alameda, CA at 0637PDT following drydocking."
Event: Arrival
Date: 3/27/2008

"Returned to Alameda, CA from BAE at 0831PDT."
Event: Arrival
Date: 7/24/2008

At SBRF for RRF lay-up.
Event:
Date: 2/5/2009

NDRF Status changed from Military Useful to Emergency Sealift

Ship Imagery


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Status Cards


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Documents


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