Indeed an MC-C1 B Type ship (first diesel driven ship of this type), MC-Nr. 119 built by Seattle-Tacoma, WA (later Todd). Order placed with four others of this type 09.10.39, laid down 05.03.40 and completed 03.04.41 as CAPE ALAVA for the American Mail Line Ltd. Served as cargo ship throughout the war and until 1947. Laid up for a short period, but in spring 1948 sold to Union Line of NZ as WAIRIMU. Went under Republic of Chinese operators control in 1966 as TA TUNG, 1969 TA TZONG. Scrapped spring 1970 after 29 years of service at Kaohsiung.
Near sister ship is WAIRATA, MC-Nr. 697, Type C-1 A, also a motor ship, built at Pennsylvania Sb Co., Beamont, TX for the MC as CAPE IGVAK. Completed 30.08.43, sold to Union Line of NZ in 1947, sold as SUCCESFULL DAY in 1967 and scrapped in 1972