SS Sea Pike

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SS Sea Pike
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Name SS Sea Pike
Owner US War Shipping Administration
Builder Western Pipe and Steel Corp. San Francisco, California
Launched February 1943
Completed February 1943
Reclassified C3 Cargo ship
Fate unknown
General characteristics
Type Liberty Ship
Tonnage 7,985 tons
Length 492 ft (150m)
Beam 69 ft 6 in (21.18m)
Depth 28 ft 6 im (8.69m)
Propulsion Turbine single screw
Speed 17 knots
Capacity 2,109 troops


C3 class ships were the third type of cargo ships designed by the US Marine Commission in the late 1930s, designed to be a general purpose ship that could be modified for specific purposes. Longer and faster than the C2 designed ships, 465 ships of this design were constructed between 1940 and 1947.

SS Sea Pike's first voyage was as a freighter, after which she was fitted out to be a troop carrier. She made several voyages between the US west coast and Australia's east coast with visits to many of the Pacific islands in the war zone. Her crew was a combination of civilian merchant sailors (38 - 62) and between 21 and 40 US naval personnel to operate defensive guns and communications equipment.

She was renamed on 9 Nov 1945 to Mormacwave having transferred to the east coast of the US. She then carried out two trips to Europe to take troops back to the US. In late Febuary 1946 she was released from troop service.

Soldiers carried

Townsville to Milne Bay Papua, New Guinea 31 December 1943 - 4 January 1944