Year Built
Official Number
Avondale Marine Ways
General Type
General Cargo
Specific Type
Break Bulk
Ship Length
540.00 feet
76.00 feet
Mast Height
143.00 feet
Net Tons
6320.00 tons
Gross Tons
10950.00 tons
Cargo Capacity
54033.00 square feet
Draft, Summer
22.00 tons
Draft, Lightweight
12.60 tons
Displacement, Summer
21840.00 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
7178.00 tons
Immersion, Summer
69.00 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
54.00 tons
Still in Govt. Service

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

Vessel Name History




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Ship Name Change
1/11/1985 Ship DOLLY TURMAN changes name to CAPE BRETON
Interim Movement
8/15/1997 ENRTE: San Francisco Drydock
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8/15/1997 At San Francisco Drydock
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8/29/1997 ENRTE: Alameda Point
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8/29/1997 At Alameda Point
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9/25/1997 Conducting maintenance activation
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9/26/1997 Complete maintenance activation
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9/20/1998 No-Notice Turbo Activation 98-5
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9/21/1998 Completed Turbo Activation
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3/7/1999 No-Notice Turbo Activation 99-2
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3/8/1999 Completed Turbo Activation 99-2
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11/18/1999 ENRTE: SBRF
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11/18/1999 New homeport at SBRF
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10/17/2000 ENRTE: Alameda for RRF Maintenance
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10/17/2000 At Alameda Point Pier 3 Berth 15
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4/5/2001 ENRTE: Cascade General S/Y Portland OR
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4/7/2001 In for drydocking at Cascade General S/Y
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5/3/2001 Conducting maintenance sea trial
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5/5/2001 Completed drydocking and sea trial
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10/2/2001 ENRTE: SBRF
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10/2/2001 Returned from drydocking
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9/14/2002 Under tow to Alameda CA for TA02-03
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9/14/2002 At Alameda for no-notice activation
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9/21/2002 Turbo Activation 02-03 sea trial
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9/24/2002 Completed Turbo Activation 02-03 S/T
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1/8/2003 Moving alongside the CAPE GIRARDEAU
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1/8/2003 Completed shift for downgrade to NDRF
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3/25/2003 ENRTE: SBRF
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3/25/2003 Returned from repairs and downgrade
Stripping Action
6/7/2005 "SSTG parts removed 6/7/2005, transferred to TS ENTERPRISE to support upgrade. Boxes EM-97, 98, 102 transferred."
9/27/2012 Vessel cleared historic review.

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


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