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SS Gulf Trader (AK-2036)

Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1964 as Gulf Trader a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37d) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 168) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched in 1964
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1964 for operation by the Gulf and South America Line
  • Acquired by Lykes Bros. SS Co. from Gulf and South America Line, 6 January 1972
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration and laid up in reserve as part of the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • When activated SS Gulf Trader (AK-2036) was maintained and operated under contract by Apex Marine Ship Maintenance Management Co., Lake Success, N.Y. and was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's Modular Cargo Delivery System Ready Reserve Force (RRF) Ships
  • Downgraded from the RRF, 1 October 2001
    Displacement 11,368 t.(lt) 17200 t.(fl)
    Length 471"
    Beam 69'
    Draft 30' 1" (full load)
    Cargo Capacity 564,000 cf
    Depth of Hold 41' 7"
    Speed 18 kts.
    Full Operating Complement unknown
    two Combustion Engineering water tube boilers
    three General Electric geared turbines
    two 600KW ship's generators sets
    single propeller, 11,000 SHP

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    MARAD Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF)
    Gulf Trader 44k SS Gulf Trader (AK-2036) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. between SS Gulf Shipper and SS Gulf Banker, date unknown. MARAD

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    National Register Eligibility Assessment

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