AS-14 General Specifications
Class: Converted Type C3 ship / USS Griffin (AS-13) class
Named for: Pelias
Complement: 925 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 8236 tons
Length: 492 feet
Beam: 69.5 feet
Flank Speed: 16 Knots
Final Disposition: Disposed of sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing S
USS PELIAS (AS-14)
Pelias (AS-14) was laid down as SS Mormacyork under Maritime
Commission contract by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
launched 14 November 1939; sponsored by Miss Barbara W. Vickery;
and delivered to Moore-McCormick Steam ship Co.
1 April 1940.
Mormacyork served for a short time on passenger service between ports in
the United States and South America. Acquired by the Navy late in 1940
was renamed Pelias 9 January 1941 and converted for Navy use as a
submarine tender by Bethlehem Steel Co.
commissioned at New York 5 September 1941
Comdr. William Wakefield in
Following shakedown off New England
Pelias sailed for the Pacific
9 October. Steaming via San Diego
she arrived Pearl Harbor 21
November. Six days later she began sub overhauls at the Submarine Base
where she was berthed during the Japa nese attack 7 December 1941.
During the sneak attack her guns splashed one enemy torpedo plane
damaged a second
as they made their deadly runs along the main channel
little more than 100 yards from her port side. She resumed repair duty
shortly after the attack and during the early months of the war provided
valuable assistance as the Pacific Fleet prepared for the long struggle
for supremacy of the Pacific.
After servicing almost a score of submarines at Peaxl Harbor
steamed to San Francisco late in May 1942 and took on spare parts
and ammunition. Departing for the Southwest Pacific 22 June
she touched at Melbourne
16 July and reached Albany
the 23d. Assigned to duty under Rear Admiral @ckwood
she refitted 10 submarines at Albany before shifting her
27 October. There
she relieved Holland as mother
ship for the SoWesPac submarines
which pressed the attack against
Japanese naval and merchant shipping. Except for brief deployments to
Exmouth Gulf in May 1943 and to Albani in March 1944
of Fremantle during her Australian employment. Between J uly 1942 and May
1944 she overhauled
and refitted 59 submarines of Submarine
Ordered home in May 1944
she departed Fremantle 15 May
touched at Pearl
Har6or 6 June and reached San Francisco the 15th. For more than two
months she underwent overhaul at Mare Island; thence
from 10 to 18
she steamed to Hawaii. Engine repairs delayed her deployment
to Midway but they did not hinder her sub-tending duties. She refitted 7
subs before sailing to Midway 9 January 1945. Assigned to Submarine
Pelias completed 15 sub refits and voyage repairs
next four months. Between 26 May and 10 June she steamed via Pearl to
San Diego where she undertook the repair and decommissioning overhaul of
the S class submarines of Submarine Squadron 45.
Based at San Diego when hostilities ended 15 August
to Tiburon Bay 10 September
thence to Mare Island 24 February 1946.
She was placed in commission in reserve 6 September 1946
and in service
in reserve 1 February 1947. On 21 March 1950 she was placed out of
service in reserve but later performed berthing ship duty at Mare Island
until she decommissioned 14 June 1970.
Pelias received one battle
star for World War 11 service.
[Note: The above USS PELIAS (AS-14) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PELIAS (AS-14) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]