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February 2003

MSC ships load around U.S.
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In Washington . . .

By Larry "E" Crutchfield

Army vehicles wait their turn to board SS Cape Intrepid
Army vehicles wait their turn to board SS Cape Intrepid during a January load. Cape Intrepid transfered to MSC's operational control from the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force when the ship activated. Larry "E" Crutchfield photos

When the message went out to activate ships in the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force, Tacoma-based SS Cape Intrepid answered the call. Cape Intrepid reported for duty Jan. 30 to load Army elements from Ft. Lewis, Washington.

Neat rows of U.S. Army trucks
Neat rows of U.S. Army trucks from Ft. Lewis, Wash., are staged at the Port of Tacoma Pierce County Terminal.

Cape Intrepid arrived in late afternoon and began loading the Army's 833rd Transportation Battalion aboard ship

Longshoremen, Sailors and soldiers loaded the 684-foot-long vessel with the equivalent of more than 1,600 mid-sized automobiles and 176 40-ft. containers. Despite rain and uncooperative tides, the stevedores completed the process in only three days, and SS Cape Intrepid was underway bound for points west.

During Cape Intrepid's brief stay in port, MSC provided husbanding support to the ship using Sailors from the Naval Reserve MSC Office, Seattle 122.