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SS Gulf Farmer (AK-5045)

Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1964 as SS Gulf Farmer a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-37d) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 136) 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. 31 July 1984, and laid up in reserve as part of the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • When activated SS Gulf Farmer (AK-5045) 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
  • When not activated Gulf Farmer was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet and could be activated as needed
  • Downgraded from the RRF, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Ready Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. in Emergency Sealift Status
  • Final Disposition, DOT announced ship sold for scrapping, 10 July 2009, to Esco Marine Ltd. of Brownsville, TX. for $80,726, to be removed from the reserve fleet within 30 days.
    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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    Merchant Service Lykes Bros. Line
    Gulf Farmer 76k SS Gulf Farmer in merchant service for Lykes Line, moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, November 1977. Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Gulf Farmer 65k SS Gulf Farmer moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, November 1977. Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
    MARAD Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF)
    Gulf Farmer 58k SS Gulf Farmer (AK-5045) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. date unknown. SS Gulf Farmer is moored between SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018) (left) and SS Gulf Merchant (AK-5046) (right). MARAD
    Gulf Farmer 293k Ex-SS Gulf Farmer (AK-5045) being dismantled at Esco Marine Ltd. of Brownsville, TX, circa July-September 2009. Tommy Trampp
    Gulf Farmer 523k
    Gulf Farmer 387k

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