Year Built
Official Number
Ship Yard
"Avondale Shipyards, Inc."
General Type
Break Bulk
Specific Type
Break Bulk
Ship Length
471 feet
69.00 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
5491 tons
Gross Tons
8970 tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
Draft, Lightweight
11.9 tons
Displacement, Summer
17210 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
5843 tons
Immersion, Summer
57.0 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
47.0 tons

Historical Narrative

The Maritime Administration's National Register Eligibility Assessment for Gulf Banker, available in the Documents section, contains a detailed history of the vessel.

On March 15, 2013, Gulf Banker was withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet after being sold for dismantlement by the Maritime Aministration.
Historical Documents
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Event: Entry
Date: 6/11/1984

Event: Acquisition
Date: 6/11/1984

Event: Activation
Date: 1/1/1990

Activated to provide logistical support for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Event: Breakdown
Date: 9/10/1990

"Ship was disabled off the coast of Florida due to a boiler breakdown and towed back to Jacksonville, Florida"
Event: Arrival
Date: 6/11/1992

Arrived at Beaumont Reserve Fleet after providing logistical support for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/4/1997

ENRTE: Houston Ship Repair in Orange TX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/4/1997

At Houston Ship Repair
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/12/1997

Conducting sea trial to Tampa FL
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/14/1997

At Tampa Bay Shipbuilding and Drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/1/1998

ENRTE: Under tow to BRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/9/1998

Completed deactivation
Event: Downgrade
Date: 10/1/2001

Downgraded from RRF to NDRF
Event: Ship name change
Date: 3/7/2013

Event: Withdrawal
Date: 3/15/2013

Sold for dismantlement

Ship Imagery

Status Cards


Date Type Name Expand Download
7/30/2008 Gulf_Banker_NHPA_History.pdf