USS Regulus (AK-14)

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USS Regulus (AK-14) at Mare Island, stern view.jpg
Stern view of USS Regulus (AK-14) at Mare Island, 13 March 1942. Regulus was under repairs at Mare Island from 17 January to 20 March 1942. Note the exposed after steering station on her stern.
History
US flag 48 stars.svgUnited States
Name
  • Glenora
  • Regulus
Namesake Regulus
Laid down1920
Acquired7 November 1921
Commissioned14 December 1940
Decommissioned25 March 1946
Stricken17 April 1946
Homeport Pearl Harbor (1941-1945)
Identification Hull symbol: AK-14
Fatesold for scrapping, 10 September 1947
General characteristics [1]
Class and type Regulus-class cargo ship
Displacement
  • 3,590 t (3,530 long tons) (standard)
  • 10,480 t (10,310 long tons) (full load)
Length491 ft 9 in (149.89 m)
Beam52 ft 2 in (15.90 m)
Draft24 ft (7.3 m)
Installed power2,500  shp (1,900 kW)
Propulsion
  • 1 × Bethlehem Shipbuilding vertical triple-expansion steam engine
  • 3 × Scotch boilers, 200psi Sat°
  • 1 × shaft
Speed11.5  kn (13.2 mph; 21.3 km/h)
Capacity4,900 DWT
Complement21 officers 199 enlisted
Armament

USS Regulus (AK-14) was an Regulus-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering necessary goods and equipment to ships and stations in the war zone.

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Construction

The first ship named Regulus by the Navy, she was built as SS Glenora in 1920, by the Bethlehem Steel Wilmington (aka Harlan and Hollingsworth), Wilmington, Delaware, was acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Board 7 November 1921. In reserve for almost two decades, she was commissioned in ordinary 8 August 1940, with Commander James Doyle in command.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations

Commissioned in full at New York City 14 December 1940, Regulus steamed via the U.S. West Coast to Pearl Harbor, her homeport from February 1941 through the end of World War II. Assigned to the 14th Naval District, she carried supplies to Wake Island and Midway Island until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At Midway on 7 December 1941, Regulus returned to Pearl Harbor on the 14th, then sailed to the West Coast, whence, through May, she carried cargo to Hawaii. After the Battle of Midway in early June, she resumed resupply runs to that island and continued them until September 1943. Assigned then to ServRon 8, she operated among the Samoan and Ellice Islands until she resumed west coast-Hawaii cargo runs in April 1944.

Supplying the troops in the South Pacific

After the invasion of the Philippines, Regulus again carried cargo westward. On 21 November, she arrived at Eniwetok, whence she continued on to Ulithi. Arriving 30 November, she moved on to Manus in mid-January 1945 and returned to the Carolines at the end of the month. Remaining at Ulithi into May, she sailed for the Philippines on the 20th. She anchored off Leyte on the 25th and 2 weeks later got underway for Okinawa, where she conducted cargo operations for the remainder of the war and into the fall of 1945.

End-of-war operations

On 26 November she sailed east, arriving at San Francisco, California, and reporting for inactivation 8 January 1946. Decommissioned 25 March, she was struck from the Navy list 17 April; transferred to the Maritime Commission 1 July; and sold for scrap to the Kaiser Co., on 29 September 1947.

Military awards and honors

Regulus’ crew members were eligible for the following medals:

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References

  1. "USS Regulus (AK-14)". Navsource.org. Retrieved June 10, 2015.