The Beaumont Reserve Fleet, was established by act of Congress in 1946, as a component of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The fleet is located in Beaumont, Texas.
In 1946, the US Government excavated 24 million cubic yards of soil from the Neches River, southeast of Beaumont, to create the McFadden Bend Cutoff. This is the location of the fleet. The Neches River connects to Sabine Lake and then the Gulf of Mexico.
The Beaumont Reserve Fleet is one of only three remaining National Defense Reserve Fleets, of the original eight NDRFs, and the only anchorage on the Gulf Coast. The fleet is maintained by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), an agency of the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Inventory of the Beaumont Reserve Fleet
Correct as of 30 June 2018. US Army barges were also present at this date.
- MV Cape Taylor (T-AKR-113)
- MV Cape Texas (T-AKR-112)
- MV Cape Trinity (T-AKR-9711)
- USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122)
- USNS Richard G. Matthiesen (T-AOT-1124)
- USNS Samuel L. Cobb (T-AOT-1123)
- USNS Contender (T-AGOS-2) General Rudder
- SS Diamond State (T-ACS-7)
- SS Cape Farewell (AK-5073)
- SS Cape Flattery (AK-5070)
- SS Cape Mendocino (AK-5064)
- SS Chesapeake (AOT-5084)
- MV Cape Lobos (AKR-5078)
- SS Cape Gibson (AK-5051)
- SS Equality State (T-ACS-8)
- USNS Sumner (T-AGS-61)
- SS Cape Florida (AK-5071)
- SS Bravante IX (SV-290)
- USS Nassau (LHA-4)
- "NATIONAL DEFENSE RESERVE FLEET INVENTORY". 9 July 2018. https://www.marad.dot.gov/wp-content/uploads/pdf/i180630.pdf. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
- "Beaumont Reserve Fleet". https://www.marad.dot.gov/about-us/maritime-administration-history-program/vessels-of-the-maritime-administration/beaumont-reserve-fleet/. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
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