JOHN LYKES and her sisters were good-sized ships in their day but small in comparison with most modern merchant ships.
I don't know where you are located but if you are near or ever have a chance to travel to one of these locations, be sure to visit one of these World War II-era merchant ships to get a sense of size. They are all about the size of JOHN LYKES, in fact they are all a bit longer. All but RED OAK VICTORY are still operational.
SS JOHN W BROWN (on which I volunteer), Baltimore http://www.liberty-ship.com
SS AMERICAN VICTORY, Tampa http://www.americanvictory.org/
SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN, San Francisco http://www.ssjeremiahobrien.com/
SS RED OAK VICTORY, Richmond, CA http://www.ssredoakvictory.com/index.htm
SS LANE VICTORY, San Pedro, CA http://www.lanevictory.org/