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Pat Kennedy



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USN Military Sealift Command RO-Ro vessel cape Henry(T-AKR 5067) Assigned to MSC ready reserve force, based in San Francisco.
This ship was built as Barber Blue Sea Lines, Barber Priam and is one of only a few ex Blue funnel ships still afloat. ( some sources say it was Barber Hector)
· Date: Wed, 18 June 08 · Views: 361
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makko

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Registered: July 2006
Location: Mexico City
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Wed, 18 June 08 17:40

Pat,
Look at my Avatar! I should know! She is the Barber Priam, ex Ocean Fleets. Hector and Perseus are still in service with Wilhelmsen. At the demise of OF, Barber Priam was sold tio the US Sealift command for $25 million.

Priam and Perseus are sisters. Of the two, in my biased opinion, Priam was the better vessel. Perseus had: 1. heat recovery unit fall on to the engine top 2. Hit a dock and opened up a huge gash in her side 3. dropped the ramp (600 tons) which deformed and had to be completely replaced in Japan 4. had runaway turbochargers.

On a trip to San Francisco in 99 or 2000, we were driving down the dock road when I saw this familiar grey vessel. When I got home, I did some research and found out it was who I thought it was - Barber Priam in US Sealift colours. It's funny how you can instantly recognise a vessel that you have sailed on!

Of my time at sea, this is the vessel that i have the fondest memories of.

Best Regards,
Dave
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makko

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Wed, 18 June 08 17:43

Post data: This shot clearly shows the bridge height on these vessels - if my memory serves, it was 186 feet from keel to monkey island! 15m constant draft, thats about 41.4 metres air draft, or about 136 feet! She is only a little "lower" than the Emma Maersk, although she is half as long again!

Rgds.
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CROIXLMTUSA
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Registered: June 2005
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Sun, 28 February 10 23:17

Hi there.. Just looking at the Cap Henry... I think, IMHO, that she is one of the Norwegian ones, either Toba, Taif or Tonsberg as there is no angle on the funnel. Both Priam and Perseus had the angled funnels and opposite side supports as in your picture Makko. Clearly Cap Henry doesnt.
I remember working those ships, they seemed to come and go so fast, and before you knew it we were at the top of the list again.
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surfaceblow
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Mon, 1 March 10 00:21

I use to visit the Cape Henry to check on the alarms while it was stationed in San Francisco. The Cape Henry was built in Japan and is a MARAD ship. The funnel is Red, White and Blue. The MSC stack is Blue and Yellow. I sailed on the Cape Hudson and Cape Horn which were the Norwegian built ones.
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surfaceblow
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Mon, 1 March 10 01:02

The Cape Hudson was the Barber Taif, and the Cape Horn was the Barber Tonsberg. I do not remember the Cape Henry's former name but the engine room machinery was Japanese and it had an extra generator due on deck due to a mishap on one generators engine wrappings its con rod around the shaft.
All three of the Cape H's were single shaft Diesels with one stack.
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makko

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Mon, 1 March 10 04:59

Cape Henry is ex-Barber Priam.

Regarding the alternator incident, I had just handed over the watch at 0400, mid Pacific and was opening a beer when the lights went out and ME stopped. Racing back down to the ER, I found out that the service genny No.5 had gone bang. As SB says, the engine, a Yanmar, had thrown a rod. The biggest problem was that No.5 was the emergency genny and the control system kept trying to put it on the board, emptying the ME cooling header tank in the process.
So there we were, no electrical power, no ME and fighting the control system. We blanked the auto valve to the engine and bridged from control panel to control panel No.5 to No.4 or whichever using lengths of welding cable. The ship was rolling quite a lot in the Pacific swell. We pumped fresh water up into the ME cooling header, 13 tons was minimum, 52 tons capacity. All the while we were trying to keep fuel oil pressure to the ME to keep the HFO temp up. After approximately 1.25 hours, we were underway again.
I cannot remember which port we arrived at, West Coast, but the Chief sent a fax to home office regarding the genny. They sent back a request for spares required. Memorably, the Chief sent back a one liner,"One new Genny"! I have photos somewhere which I shall scan and post.
Barber Perseus had a bit of a star crossed career including bending the ramp in, I believe, New Orleans after hitting the dock and splitting the wing tanks. It may have been Perseus where the waste heat unit came crashing down on top of the engine in the cathedral. B. Perseus is still sailing with Wilhelmsen!
I last saw B. Priam in San Francisco in about 2000 when I was there on

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Wayne
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Registered: July 2004
Location: Christchurch
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Sat, 11 September 10 18:44

Cape Henry is indeed ex:Barber Priam.
I have photos from Fotoflite of almost all the Barber Blue Sea / Wilhelmsen RoRo's
and also have the book Wilh Wilhelmsen History & fleet list with photos,There are side profile photos of both Taif & Tonsberg and the comment from Croixlmtusa about the funnel shape is exactly right.also I have also looked up xVAS which shows Cape Henry with a pryamid shape funnel with the top cut off.Also the area just forward & below of the lifeboats is still exactly the same as the pictures in Barber Blue Sea livery & not so many windows along the side of the Accomadation block,Makko has a side profile photo on this site of Barber Priam,there is significant differences.
I suggest the Identity of this vessel is given the fact that Toba is still in service is that she is Cape Hudson( Taif ) or Cape Horn ( Tonsberg ),everyones info on names is correct,it's just the picture doesn't fit the discriptions.
Regards:Wayne
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Ulf Harrison
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Registered: June 2005
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Sat, 11 September 10 20:48

Here is some news about some other ship in this class. It is from the “Scandinavian Shipping Gazette Newsletter” this week.
Demolition
China
Toba: 31,396 dwt blt 79,
Tapiola: 30,464 dwt blt 79,
Tampere: 32,135 dwt blt 79,
Tourcoing: 30,497 dwt blt 79.
Sold with average USD 385/ldt.
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