Requisitioned Auxiliary – Gulf Of Mexico

 

 Gulf of Mexico 

 

Official No:                              215404

Builder:                                   New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, NJ

Launched:                               28 June 1917

Into Service:                            WW2

Out of service:                         1946

Fate:                                      Broken up 29 June 1962

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:   One of a group of additional American-flagged ships which served as Escort Oilers during WW2

 

Career Data:

 

28 June 1917 launched by New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, NJ as Yard Nr: 173 named Gulf of Mexico for Gulf Refining Co. Inc., Port Arthur

August 1917 completed

1936 owners restyled as Gulf Oil Corporation of Pennsylvania, Port Arthur/Philadelphia – name unchanged

1942 owners became US WSA – name unchanged

26 August 1942 while on passage in convoy ON123 from Liverpool was in collision with a British steamer Cape Breton

1 November 1942 sailed New York in convoy SC108 but returned with defects

9 November 1942 sailed New York in convoy SC109 to Belfast Lough arriving 29 November 1942

WW2 served as an escort oiler – name unchanged

5 June 1943 sailed Halifax in convoy SC133 to the River Clyde arriving 18 June 1943. Served with two other tankers in this convoy as an Escort Oiler

11 October 1943 sailed Halifax in convoy SC144 to the River Clyde arriving 26 October 1943. Served with two other tankers in this convoy as an Escort Oiler

1946 returned to her owners – name unchanged

1950 purchase as ‘Marsa’ Ithalet ve Ihracet TAS, Istanbul and renamed RAMAN

1952 purchased by Hasim C Mardin, Istanbul – name unchanged

29 June 1962 arrived Balat for demolition by Ilhami Soker