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USNS Henry Gibbins (T-AP 183).
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Class: DAVID C SHANKS (AP 180, C3-IN-P&C)
Design: MC C3-IN P&C
Displacement (tons): 10,556 light, 15,440 full
Dimensions (feet): 489' oa, 465' wl x 70' e/wl x 26' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 352-376 officers, 837-906 others including troops (berthing)
Speed (kts.): 16
Propulsion (HP): 8,500
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (465psi/765deg), 1 screw

Construction:
APNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
182GEORGE W GOETHALS1 Mar 1950Ingalls SB, Pascagoula7 Jan 194123 Jan 19421 Mar 1950
183HENRY GIBBINS1 Mar 1950Ingalls SB, Pascagoula23 Aug 194111 Sep 19421 Mar 1950
180DAVID C SHANKS1 Mar 1950Ingalls SB, Pascagoula27 Sep 194121 Oct 19421 Mar 1950
181FRED C AINSWORTH1 Mar 1950Ingalls SB, Pascagoula23 Jan 194220 Nov 19421 Mar 1950

Disposition:
APNameTInact/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
182GEORGE W GOETHALST20 Nov 1959/C1 Jul 19611 Nov 1960MA26 Oct 1970
183HENRY GIBBINST28 Dec 1959/T2 Dec 195928 Dec 1959MA/T3 Dec 1981
180DAVID C SHANKST27 Oct 1959/C1 Jul 19611 Nov 1960MA/T26 Jun 1973
181FRED C AINSWORTHT2 Nov 1959/C1 Jul 19611 Nov 1960MA/T26 Jun 1973

Class Notes:
These ships were among the many Army ships operating out of continental US ports that were to be acquired on 1 Mar 1950 for which Navy names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 21 Feb 1950.

Ship Notes:
APNameMANotes
182GEORGE W GOETHALS109Ex USAT GEORGE W GOETHALS, ex merc. PASCAGOULA, ex AMERICAN MERCHANT (completed 18 Sep 1942). Title to Army 18 Sep 1942. To MA custody 20 Nov 1959. To buyer 21 Nov 1970.
183HENRY GIBBINS164Ex USAT HENRY GIBBINS, ex merc. BILOXI, ex AMERICAN BANKER (completed 27 Feb 1943). Title to Army 27 Feb 1943. At Bremerhaven when title transferred 1 Mar 1950. Designated by the Navy 30 Oct 1959 for inactivation and transfer to the NDRF, being inactivated when MA asked the Navy 18 Nov 1959 that she be transferred to the State of New York for use as a student dormitory and training ship by the New York Maritime College. Accordingly transferred to MA permanent custody and loaned by MA to NY Maritime Academy at Fort Schuyler as training ship EMPIRE STATE IV 28 Dec 1959. A JCS requirement that she be maintained in a condition allowing restoration to transport service in case of mobilization was reported in March 1968 as removed. Returned to MA and to Mass. Maritime Academy 30 Aug 1973 [ABS: 13 Dec 1973] as BAY STATE. Returned 4.3.1980, sold to BU 3 Dec 1981 (sale 30 Jun 1981 failed). [To buyer 18 Jan 1982?]
180DAVID C SHANKS165Ex USAT DAVID C SHANKS, ex merc. GULFPORT, ex AMERICAN FARMER (completed 24 Apr 1943). Title to Army 24 Apr 1943. To MA custody 27 Oct 1959. Sale 1 Mar 1973 failed. To buyer 24 Aug 1973.
181FRED C AINSWORTH166Ex USAT FRED C AINSWORTH, ex merc. PASS CHRISTIAN, ex AMERICAN SHIPPER (completed 4 Jun 1943). Title to Army 4 Jun 1943. In transit from Yokohama to Seattle when title transferred 1 Mar 1950. To MA custody 2 Nov 1959. Sale 1 Mar 1973 failed. To buyer 23 Aug 1973.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 18 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC