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Lykes Line

History

Lykes Brothers Steamship Co (Lykes Lines) was founded in 1898 in New Orleans then moved to Tampa Florida. It was the most important U.S. firm operating in the Gulf of Mexico and made its first profits came from transporting timber and cattle from the Lykes family estates to Cuba after the Spanish-American War. Ships appear to be named after members of the Lykes family.

Shortly after WW2, Lykes Brothers was operating 50 ships totaling 364,000 gross tons.

The company was sold by the Lykes family in 1979 and then repurchased by them 1983. It was sold to Canadian Pacific Ships Ltd. in 1997 after filing for bankruptcy.

Canadian Pacific Ships Ltd. decided to dispense with the historical names of all of its subsidiary companies in 2005 as a re-branding exercise. Canadian Pacific Ships was itself taken over by Hapag-Lloyd and the Lykes Line website is rigged with a redirection to the Hapag-Lloyd website.

Ships

Ashley Lykes

Ashley Lykes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Lykes Bros SS Co Inc
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Bethlehem Steel Co
Shipyard Sparrows Point
Country where built USA
Yard Number 4591
Official Number 292191
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,890
Deadweight (DWT) 11336
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 143.3 Metres
Overall Length 150.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 21.1 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 18

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 January 1963 Launched
19 July 1963 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Lengthened to 180.6/173 Metres, 11,891 GRT/14,515 DWT 1975. Change of name to Bhaskar 1995. Taken to Alang for breaking by Gujarat Bhavnagar 30 April 1995 and beached on 1 May 1995

Gibbes Lykes

Gibbes Lykes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder North Carolina SB Co
Shipyard Wilmington
Country where built USA
Yard Number 107
Official Number 245182
Call Sign KWIR
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,258
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,832
Length 441 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63 Ft 1"
Depth 38 Ft 3"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to one shaft
Engine Builder General Electric Co
Engine Builder Works Lynn Massachusetts
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Electric welded construction
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 January 1944 Launched
March 1944 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken up
Service History Information Completed for the US Government as Orpheus. Change of owner to Lykes Bros SS Co Inc 1946, change of name to Gibbes Lykes 1947. Taken to Kaohsiung 20 November 1970 for breaking by Chuang Kuo Steel Co. Work done 15 December 1970 to 10 January 1971.[

John Lykes

John Lykes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers N/K
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder N/K
Shipyard N/K
Country where built USA
Yard Number 473
Official Number 282772
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,887
Deadweight (DWT) 11254
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 143.3 Metres
Overall Length 150.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 21.1 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 17.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 April 1960 Launched
19 August 1960 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Lengthened to 180,6/173 Metres and 11,891 GRT/14,260 DWT and converted to part containership 1972. Taken to Alang for breaking by Nagarseth Shipbreakers 14 April 1995 and beached 19 April 1995

Louise Lykes

Louise Lykes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Lykes Bros SS Co Inc
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder North Carolina SB Co
Shipyard Wilmington
Country where built USA
Yard Number 209
Official Number 247582
Call Sign ANUP
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,258
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,832
Length 441 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63 Ft 1"
Depth 38 Ft 3"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to one shaft
Engine Builder General Electric Co
Engine Builder Works Lynn Massachusetts
Engine Builder Country USA
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Ship design C2-S-AJ1
  • 3 decks
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Electric welded construction
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
6 April 1945 Launched
May 1945 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Kaohsiung 6 November 1972 for breaking by Nan Feng Steel Enterprise Co. Work began 22 November 1972

Sylvia Lykes

Sylvia Lykes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers US Government
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Moore D.D. Co.
Shipyard Oakland California
Country where built USA
Yard Number 302
Official Number 247841
Call Sign ANZB
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,214
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,508
Length 438 Ft 9"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63 Ft 1"
Depth 27 Ft 7"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines DR geared to a single shaft
Engine Builder General Electric Co
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Part electric welded construcition
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 March 1945 Launched
May 1945 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for the US Government as Asterion. Change of name to Sylvia Lykes and owner to Lykes # Bros SS Co Ltd 1947. Taken to Kaohsiung 27 July 1970 for breaking by Yung Steel & Iron Works - work began 15 September 1970.

Zoella Lykes

Zoella Lykes
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Lykes Bros SS Co Inc
Country First Registered USA
Shipbuilder Ingalls
Shipyard Pascagoula East
Country where built USA
Yard Number 472
Official Number 282126
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,887
Deadweight (DWT) 11303
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 143.3 Metres
Overall Length 150.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 21.1 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 17.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 January 1960 Launched
1 July 1960 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Lengthened to 180.6/173 Metres 11,891 GRT/14,515 DWT and converted to part containership 1971. Change of name to Fred G. and owner to Zoella Shipholding Inc 1992. Taken to Alang 4 April 1995 for breaking by Nicksons Export


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