The Manhattan was a turbine steamer built by New York Ship Building Co. of Camden Yard. She had a GRT of 24, 289 and was launched on December 5, 1931. On August 10 she made her maiden voyage from New York to Hamburg and in 1941 entered service as a US Navy transport, when she was renamed Wakefield. Then, on September 3, while sailing in convoy from Europe to the USA, the Wakefield caught fire and was abandoned by her crew. She was towed to Halifax, where the US Navy bought and repaired her, and in April 1944 she re-entered service. Finally, on May 27, 1944 she was sold to Union Metals & Alloys Corp. of New York to be broken up.