Requisitioned Auxiliary – Gulfwing

  

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Official Number:                       228046 

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Builder:                                   Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Haverton Hill on Tees

Launched:                               14 July 1928

Into Service:                            WW2

Out of service:                         WW2

Fate:                                       5 September 1952 broken up

 

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

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

 

Career Data:

 

14 July 1928 launched by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Haverton Hill on Tees as Yard Nr: 124 named Gulfwing for Gulf Refining Co Inc., Port Arthur

October 1928 completed

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

1942 owners became US WSA, name unchanged

10 June 1942 sailed Hampton Roads in unescorted convoy KS509 to Key West arriving 15 June 1942

30 June 1942 sailed Key West in unescorted convoy KN115 to Hampton Roads arriving 4 July 1942

10 July 1942 sailed Boston in escorted convoy BX28B to Halifax arriving 12 July 1942

12 July 1942 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX198 to Liverpool arriving 23 July 1942

31 July 1942 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ON117 until dispersal on 15 August 1942 then independently to Halifax

19 August 1942 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HA4 to Curacao arriving 28 August 1942

2 September 1942 sailed Curacao in escorted convoy AH3 to Halifax arriving 10 September 1942

13 September 1942 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX207 to Belfast Lough with a cargo of FFO arriving 24 September 1942

25 September 1942 sailed Belfast Lough in escorted convoy BB223 to Avonmouth arriving the next day

2 October 1942 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ON135 to New York arriving 21 October 1942

29 October 1942 sailed New York in unescorted convoy NK508 to Key West arriving 5 November 1942

5 November 1942 sailed Key West in unescorted convoy KH416 to Galveston Bar arriving 9 November 1942

13 November 1942 sailed Galveston Bar in unescorted convoy HK118 to Key West arriving 18 November 1942

18 November 1942 sailed Key West in unescorted convoy KN209 to New York arriving 23 November 1942

25 November 1942 sailed New York in escorted convoy SC111 to Halifax arriving 30 November 1942

6 December 1942 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy SC112 to Liverpool arriving 25 December 1942

17 January 1943 sailed Loch Ewe in escorted convoy JW52 to Kola Inlet arriving 27 January 1943. RFA OLIGARCH also sailed with this convoy

1 March 1943 sailed Kola Inlet in escorted convoy RA53 to Loch Ewe arriving 14 March 1943. RFA OLIGARCH also sailed with this convoy

21 March 1943 sailed the River Clyde in escorted convoy ON174 to New York arriving 8 April 1943. Acted as Escord Oiler on this convoy and carried 60 spare depth charged

1 May 1943 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX237 to Belfast Lough arriving on about 16 May 1943 thence to Liverpool arriving the next day. Acted as Escord Oiler on this convoy

23 May 1943 sailed Milford Haven in escorted convoy ON186 to New York 7 June 1943

15 June 1943 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX244 arriving Belfast Lough on 29 June 1943

WW2 served as an Escort Oiler, name unchanged

1946 returned to her owners, name unchanged

5 September 1952 arrived Baltimore for demolition by Patapsco Scrap Co