Stratford class transport

The "Stratford" class transport was a class of transport ship that served with the United States Navy during World War II. Their purpose was to transport soldiers to overseas service.

History

There were only two "Stratford" class vessels, both built by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. They were both apparently built for commercial service on the Great Lakes as freighters in about 1918, and operated as commercial vessels between the wars.

Shortly before America's entry into World War II, the two ships were requisitioned by the US Navy. The first ship, "Stratford", was commissioned in August 1941 and the second, "Gemini", in August 1942. Initially designated as cargo ships (AK), they were both converted to transports (AP) shortly after commission and hence became the "Stratford" class transports.

Both ships were initially assigned to convoy duty to Iceland in 1942, and then later took part in operations against the Japanese in the Pacific until the end of the war. Both were decommissioned in 1946. "Gemini" subsequently returned to commercial service, in Norway. "Stratford" was scrapped in 1956.

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