MARAD Vessel History Database

This database includes information on more than 12,000 vessels that have been or still are part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet , and other vessels that were at one time owned, operated, or in the custody of the Maritime Administration and/or its predecessor agencies. Each vessel entry includes one or more images of vessel status cards – paper index cards that tell the story of the ship’s career in government service. The following information is also presented, where available:

  • Vessel Characteristics, such as year built, builder, former names, and vessel dimensions
  • Milestones in the vessel’s government service, such as acquisition and withdrawal dates
  • Histories of select vessels
  • Vessel Images
  • Vessel Cards, index cards which provide information on vessel ownership, operation, fleet lay-up, and sales
  • Other Associated Documents, such as National Register Eligibility Assessments, Memoranda of Agreement, awards, citations, or other reports
SS <i>Letitia Lykes</i>, a break bulk vessel, underway circa 1968 SS <i>Wright</i>, an aviation support ship, is part of the Ready Reserve Force and can be used to support and repair military helicopters when activated. SS <i>American Racer</i>, a break bulk vessel that was used by Military Sealift Command during the Vietnam conflict, and took part in Operation Frequent Wind, part of the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. SS <i>Cape Alexander</i>, formerly <i>African Mercury</i>, was part of the Ready Reserve Force. SS <i>Canton Victory</i> was built at Kaiser shipyard in Richmond, California. SS <i>Petersburg</i>, built in 1963, is a tanker fitted with Offshore Petroleum Discharge system, and is part of the Ready Reserve Force. MV <i>Mission Capistrano</i>, built as <i>Falcon Lady</i> by Ingalls Shipbuilding, was part of the Military Sealift Command fleet during the 1970s and 1980s and later part of the Ready Reserve Force SS <i>General William O. Darby</i>, a troop transport, was built in 1944, and was active during World War Two and from the 1950s through 1969.  It later served as a US Navy Barracks Ship from 1982 to 1989. TS <i>State of Maine</i>, the training ship for Maine Maritime Academy SS <i>George Gale</i>, a liberty ship, being launched at Delta Shipbuilding Company in 1942.

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