TULARE (LKA-112)


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Year Built
1954
Official Number
--
Shipyard
Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Division
General Type
Military
Specific Type
AK Cargo Ship
MARAD Type
C4-S-1b
Ship Length
564 feet
Beam
80 feet
Mast Height
--
Net Tons
--
Gross Tons
9700 tons
Cargo Capacity
--
Draft, Summer
26 tons
Draft, Lightweight
14.4 tons
Displacement, Summer
18040 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
9467 tons
Immersion, Summer
67 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
60 tons
Fate
Sold - Scrap

Historical Narrative



The Attack Cargo Ship Tulare was initially constructed by the Maritime Administration as the Evergreen Mariner, one of 35 such ships constructed for a “build and charter” program in the early 1950s.  The construction contract was assumed by the Navy after the ship was launched on December 22, 1953, at San Francisco, California, by the Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corp. 

The ship was renamed Tulare and designated as AKA-112 on June 10, 1954. The ship was then converted to an attack cargo ship by its building yard.  It was delivered to the Navy on January 10, 1956 and commissioned on January 12, 1956.                  

Tulare was employed actively by the Navy in the Pacific for its entire career and was very active during the Vietnam War.  The ship was removed from the active amphibious force on July 1, 1975 and assigned to the Naval Reserve Force. Tulare spent its last years of active service as part of the Naval Reserve Training Program, operating out of San Francisco.  In 1982 the ship was considered for transfer to the Maritime Administration as a prospective replacement training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with the similar (Mariner conversion) Attack Transport Ships Francis Marion and Paul Revere; however, none of the ships were selected.  Tulare was decommissioned on March 31, 1986, and subsequently laid-up in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  It was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on August 31, 1992, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.  Tulare received 11 battle stars, one Navy Unit Commendation, and one Meritorious Unit Commendation for its Vietnam service.

The Maritime Administration has completed a National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessment for Tulare which includes a narrative history of the vessel.  It can be viewed in the Documents section.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Vessel Name History


Vessel Name History

TULARE (LKA-112)

Mission

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Historical Documents
Name Download

Milestones


Event Date Content
Ship name change
1/12/1956 EVERGREEN MARINER name changed to TULARE
Transfer
1/12/1956 Transferred from Maritime Administration to US Navy.
Entry
2/19/1980 ex-EVERGREEN MARINER Vessel is a US Navy asset.
Acquisition
4/1/1998 MARAD acquired title from US Navy
Departed Fleet
12/14/2011 Departed Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet under domestic scrap sale.

Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Download
6/3/2011 National Register Eligibility Assessment Tulare.pdf Default Generic Download Image

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