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The USS Cassiopeia (Ak-75) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class. Its name comes from the northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, being the only ship to bear this name. The USS Cassiopeia was launched on 15 November 1942 by Permanente Metals Corporation and the ship spent its war months carrying cargo among the islands in the South Pacific. The Cassiopeia’s last trip was under the guidance of Commander Brooke of Atlanta, Georgia. On this trip, the “Cassie” sailed with a full new crew, many of them just out of boot school. The vessel eluded a hurricane off the coast of Central America, stopped for minor engine repairs in Colon, Panama, then it made its way into the Caribbean and Atlantic as its first trip on the East Coast. The ship was decommissioned on 21 November 1945 and turned over to the War Shipping Administration.