SS Sea Pike
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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.