I am not so sure many know of the three ships that the Navy acquired to be labeled "Evacuation Transports." Actually I don't think many know what that 'term' actually meant.
The hulls were 'merchant,' and they were signed up....on paper as "Tryon Class" and given the hull sign as (APH--1, APH-2, APH-3). Now APH-1...was actually the brand new C-2 SS Alcoa Courier.
Now this is a fairly interesting article...something you may not have realized in the many facets of WW II.
Want to give it a read....click on the title: MERCY SHIPS WITH STING