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
3Louis Darby McGregor, Jr., USN28 Feb 1943Sep 1943
4Rowland 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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Notable events involving Pike include:


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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