Allied Warships

Pike (SS-173)

Submarine of the Porpoise class


USS Pike prewar

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassPorpoise 
Pennant173 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down20 Dec 1933 
Launched12 Sep 1935 
Commissioned2 Dec 1935 
End service17 Feb 1956 
History

Decommissioned 15 November 1945.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship at Baltimore, Maryland. in September 1946.
Placed out of service and stricklen on 17 February 1956.
Sold 14 January 1957, to A. G. Schoonmaker Co., New York, New York to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Pike (173)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Heber Hampton McLean, USN2 Dec 1935???

2William Adolph New, USNJul 1939Feb 1943
3T/Cdr. Louis Darby McGregor, Jr., USN28 Feb 1943Sep 1943
4T/Cdr. Rowland Clifford Lawyer, USNSep 1943Mar 1944
5Jack Murray Seymour, USNMar 1944Jan 1945
6Leon Stewart Eubanks, USNJan 1945Sep 1945
7Sigmund A. Bobcyzinski, USNSep 1945Nov 1945
8R. B. Andrews, USNRNov 194515 Nov 1945

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5 Feb 1940

Convoy ON 10.

This convoy was formed off Methil on 5 February 1940. It arrived in Norwegian waters near Bergen on 8 February 1940.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Abisko (Swedish, 3088 GRT, built 1913), Activ (Norwegian, 507 GRT, built 1903), Asiatic (British, 3741 GRT, built 1923), Bokn (Norwegian, 697 GRT, built 1890), Bruse (Norwegian, 2205 GRT, built 1933), Castor (Finnish, 1225 GRT, built 1906), Ek (Norwegian, 995 GRT, built 1911), Folda (British, 1165 GRT, built 1920), Forsvik (Norwegian, 1248 GRT, built 1919), Haarlem (British, 970 GRT, built 1917), Halmstad (Swedish, 1546 GRT, built 1907), Helmwood (British, 2156 GRT, built 1923), Jetta (Norwegian, 368 GRT, built 1914), Lysland (Norwegian, 1335 GRT, built 1907), Margareta (Finnish, 1860 GRT, built 1919), Pan (Norwegian, 1309 GRT, built 1922), Porjus (Swedish, 2965 GRT, built 1906), Regulus (Finnish, 1821 GRT, built 1921), Saga (Swedish, 1077 GRT, built 1909), Saimaa (Finnish, 2001 GRT, built 1922), Salerno (British, 870 GRT, built 1924), Severn Leigh (British, 5242 GRT, built 1919), Sirius (Swedish, 1832 GRT, built 1889), Svanholm (British, 1321 GRT, built 1922), Taberg (Swedish, 1392 GRT, built 1920), Teano (British, 762 GRT, built 1925), Themis (Norwegian, 706 GRT, built 1919), Tiberton (British, 5225 GRT, built 1920), Tonu (Estonian, 1431 GRT, built 1884), Torbrand (Norwegian, 308 GRT, built 1918) and Vim (Norwegian, 1114 GRT, built 1913),

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Delight (Cdr. M. Fogg-Elliott, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) and HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN). Also part of the convoy escort was the submarine HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN).

HMS Tartar was relieved on the 6th by HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. R.G.K. Knowling, RN).

Also on the 6th, HMS Delight was detached as she had been ordered to proceed to Scapa Flow with dispatch.

8 Feb 1940

Convoy HN 10.

This convoy was formed off Bergen, Norway on 8 February 1940. It arrived at Methil on 11 February 1940.

This convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Ada Gorthon (Swedish, 2405 GRT, built 1917), Asgerd (Norwegian, 1308 GRT, built 1924), Avance I (Norwegian, 1300 GRT, built 1912), Briarwood (British, 4019 GRT, built 1930), Brisk (Norwegian, 1838 GRT, built 1913), C.A. Banck (Swedish, 1838 GRT, built 1913), Castor (Norwegian, 1683 GRT, built 1920), Dagmar Bratt (Swedish, 1421 GRT, built 1920), Edda (Swedish, 1451 GRT, built 1919), Edle (Norwegian, 654 GRT, built 1916), Falken (Swedish, 1308 GRT, built 1893), Frisia (Swedish, 1059 GRT, built 1909), Gallia (Swedish, 1436 GRT, built 1926), Glen Tilt (British, 871 GRT, built 1920), Gunny (Panamanian, 1367 GRT, built 1882), Halse (Norwegian, 2136 GRT, built 1910), Hermes (Estonian, 1545 GRT, built 1901), Karen (Norwegian, 750 GRT, built 1900), Keret (Norwegian, 1718 GRT, built 1927), Kuressaar (Estonian, 2283 GRT, built 1914), Lake Lucerne (Estonian, 2317 GRT, built 1909), Meero (Estonian, 1866 GRT, built 1918), Minorca (British, 1123 GRT, built 1921), Nea (Norwegian, 1877 GRT, built 1921), P.G. Halvorsen (Norwegian, 1101 GRT, built 1912), Raftsund (Norwegian, 610 GRT, built 1919), Rask (Norwegian, 632 GRT, built 1890), Regin (Norwegian, 1386 GRT, built 1917), Salonica (Norwegian, 2694 GRT, built 1912), Selbo (Norwegian, 1778 GRT, built 1921), Sjofna (Norwegian, 619 GRT, built 1918), Sollund (Norwegian, 941 GRT, built 1908), Stargard (Norwegian, 1113 GRT, built 1915), Ubari (Estonian, 1392 GRT, built 1899), Uranus (Estonian, 1329 GRT, built 1906), Varmdo (Swedish, 2956 GRT, built 1901), Vienti (Finnish, 1715 GRT, built 1911) and Wirma (Finnish, 2609 GRT, built 1903).

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Delight (Cdr. M. Fogg-Elliott, RN), HMS Ilex (Lt.Cdr. P.L. Saumarez, DSC, RN), HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Imperial (Lt.Cdr. C.A.de W. Kitcat, RN) and the submarine HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN).

The convoy was split into two sections on the 10th. The west coast section was joined by the destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. R.G.K. Knowling, RN). On this day the HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN), HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, RN) departed the Clyde to meet this section and take over escort duties from the other destroyers on the 11th. This section of the convoy arrived in the Clyde on the 12th.

25 Feb 1940
German U-boat U-63 tried to attack convoy HN-14, in doing so she was sighted by the British submarine HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN). The escorting destroyers HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, RN) were warned. They located, attacked and sank U-63 with depth charges south east of the Shetland Islands.

8 Dec 1941
After the attack on Pearl Harbor USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. William Adolph New) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was to guard the shipping lanes between Manila and Hong Kong.

31 Dec 1941
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. W.A. New) left Manila for her second war patrol.

24 Jan 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. W.A. New) ended her second war patrol at Darwin, Australia.

5 Feb 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. W.A. New) left Darwin for her third war patrol.

28 Mar 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. William Adolph New) ended her third war patrol when she returns to base at Fremantle, Australia.

19 Apr 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. W.A. New) leaves Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was to patrol north of the Palau Islands and off Wake Island.

25 May 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. W.A. New) ended her 4th war patrol when she returned to base at Pearl Harbor.

30 May 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. W.A. New) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of Oahu.

9 Jun 1942
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. William Adolph New) ended her 5th war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor, and was sent to the Mare Island Naval Yard for an overhaul.

14 Jan 1943
During her 5th war patrol USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. William Adolph New) guided bombers to Wake Island in December 1942, but on 14 January 1943 she was damaged by bombs and depth charges off Ichie Saki, southern Honshu, Japan. due to this damage the patrol is aborted and returns to port.

31 Mar 1943
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. Louis Darby McGregor, Jr.) left Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol, and was to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

14 Apr 1943
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. L.D. McGregor, Jr) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Madras Maru (3802 GRT) north of the Admiralty Islands in position 01°25'N, 148°22'E.

25 Apr 1943
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. L.D. McGregor, Jr) shells Satawan Island, Caroline Islands.

22 Jul 1943
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. L.D. McGregor, Jr) left Pearl Harbor for her 7th and last war patrol. She was to patrol off Marcus Island.

5 Aug 1943
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. L.D. McGregor, Jr) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Shoju Maru (1992 GRT) west of Marcus Island in position 24°30'N, 158°50'E.

22 Aug 1943
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. L.D. McGregor, Jr) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Toun Maru (1915 GRT) in the Philippine Sea in position 21°22'N, 137°50'E.

28 Sep 1943
USS Pike left Pearl Harbor bound for New London on the U.S. east coast as she was now assigned to training duties.

23 Oct 1943
USS Pike arrived in the Panama Canal Zone from Pearl Harbour.

27 Oct 1943
USS Pike departed the Panama Canal Zone for New London, Connecticut.

3 Dec 1944
USS Pike (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Seymour, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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