In late 1941 it was decided that the majority of the carriers in service would be used in combat and with U-Boats off the East Coast two Great Lakes coal fired paddle steamers would be converted to have a flight deck for training.
The trainee pilots would be based on land and would do "circuits and bumps" to the Wolverine.
In early 1942 the steamer Seeandbee was taken to Buffalo and had its superstructure removed. A wooden flight deck was added the overhung the hull considerably.
The island contained four funnels for the exhaust.