Also seen off West Seattle today: M/V Cape Hudson

4:10 PM: Thanks to Eli Barlag for the photo. That’s the Ready Reserve Force cargo vessel M/V Cape Hudson, which arrived in Elliott Bay today after sailing up from Tacoma. It’s a 750-foot roll-on/roll-off cargo vessel, 41 years old, based in San Francisco and often chartered for military operations like Pacific Pathways. According to a Maritime Administration social-media post from earlier this year, Cape Hudson is still part of that”mobility exercise, taking on and discharging cargo at domestic and international ports … an annual operational deployment exercise designed to determine the best methods for planning, preparation, execution, and ordering of craft to move troops and equipment.”

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: Without docking in Seattle, Cape Hudson sailed on this morning, currently shown on as northbound in Puget Sound.

7 Replies to "Also seen off West Seattle today: M/V Cape Hudson"

  • Flo B May 17, 2020 (4:22 pm)

    These ships-identified by the band around the stack are part of the military sealift command. They have naval officers and (civilian)civil service crews.

    • WSB May 17, 2020 (4:42 pm)

      The Cape Hudson is currently CHARTERED by the MSC but is not part of it. (Trust me, I spent a LOT of time researching bef0re publishing this.)

      • MM May 17, 2020 (5:30 pm)

        Sure could move a lot of commuters from West Seattle to downtown on something like that, especially walk-on passengers and bikers. With its own on/off ramp, it probably could dock in many places on the other side of the Duwamish.

  • Graciano May 17, 2020 (7:33 pm)

    OK, So what are they doing in WEST Seattle?

  • drew May 17, 2020 (7:38 pm)

    Are they actually going to practice rolling on/off cargo or troops here? Curious, I did check out the links provided.

    • Admiralguy May 17, 2020 (8:19 pm)

      It has been out moving items and back for basics and maybe a last portage before open seas again.  This ships can be on standby for months on end or move cargo on a rotation.

  • WSB May 18, 2020 (10:47 am)

    After anchoring here overnight, it’s headed out again, northbound and almost out of Seattle-adjacent waters.

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