USS O-14 (SS-75)
|Ordered:||3 March 1916|
|Builder:||California Shipbuilding Company, Long Beach, California|
|Laid down:||6 July 1916|
|Launched:||6 May 1918|
|Commissioned:||1 October 1918|
|Decommissioned:||17 June 1924|
|Struck:||9 May 1930|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 30 July 1930|
|Type:||O class submarine|
|Displacement:||491 long tons (499 t) surfaced
566 long tons (575 t) submerged
|Length:||175 ft (53 m)|
|Beam:||16 ft 7 in (5.05 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)|
2 × 500 hp (373 kW) diesel engines
2 × 400 hp (298 kW) electric motors
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) surfaced
11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph) submerged
|Complement:||2 officers, 27 men|
|Armament:||• 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes
• 1 × 3"/50 caliber deck gun
The later O-boats (O-11 through O-16) were designed by Lake Torpedo Boat to different specifications from the earlier ones designed by Electric Boat. They performed much less well, and are sometimes considered a separate class.
One of many N- and O-class submarines building just prior to the U.S. entry into World War I, O-14 commissioned too late for World War I combat service, but reported to Cape May, New Jersey, in 1919. In September, she was placed in commission, in reserve, at Cape May. In October she proceeded to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for fitting out.
In 1922, O-14 was based at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone; on 26 January, she sailed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on a trial run. At Guantanamo Bay in February, she operated in formation in and around the Virgin Islands in March, before returning to Coco Solo. In May, O-14, with O-15 and O-16, resumed diving operations, which continued into 1923 as SubDiv 10 conducted diving tactical operations. In November, O-14 proceeded to Philadelphia.
Decommissioning on 17 June 1924 after just five and a half years of service, O-14 was turned over to the Commandant, Navy Yard, Philadelphia. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 May 1930, the boat was scrapped in accordance with the London Naval Treaty on 30 July 1930.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS O-14 at NavSource Naval History
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