In Greek mythology, Thetis was the mother of Achilles, the hero
of the Trojan wars and Homer's epic novel, The Iliad, in which
she is mentioned many times. She was considered to be a
goddess of the sea and was a granddaughter of Poseidon, the god
of the sea.
On February 2,
1884, the U.S. Navy purchased a wooden-hulled steam whaler to be
used in an operation to rescue the
Greely Expedition. It was
the first of three ships to be name the
USS Thetis during
USS Thetis in Seward, Alaska
Thetis Bay, south
of Juneau, Alaska is believed to be named for the first USS Thetis.
Several of the Casablanca class CVE's built during WWII were
named after bays, especially ones in Alaska.
CVE-90 was named the USS Thetis Bay.