HOWELL LYKES


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Year Built
1967
Official Number
507344
Shipyard
Avondale Marine Ways
General Type
Dry Cargo
Specific Type
Break Bulk
MARAD Type
C4-S-66a
Ship Length
540 feet
Beam
76 feet
Mast Height
143 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
--
Immersion, Summer
69 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
54 tons
Fate
Still in Govt. Service


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.

Vessel Name History

1967 - 1985: Howell Lykes
1985 - present: Cape Borda


Vessel Name History

CAPE BORDA

HOWELL LYKES

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

Ship HOWELL LYKES changes name to CAPE BORDA

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