The USS S-14 (SS-119) was an S-class submarine of the United States Navy laid down on 7 December 1917 by the Lake Torpedo Boat Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was launched on 22 October 1919 sponsored by Mrs. George T. Parker and commissioned on 11 February 1921 with Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Lockwood, Jr., in command. Following recommission, the submarine cruised around Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, the Panama Canal, St. Thomas, New London, and Casco Bay, Maine. Like many submarines from its class, it was decommissioned in 1945. Although this submarine was laid down in 1917, it had a period of inactivity during which asbestos insulation might have been added to it. Asbestos insulation was very likely lurking on the walls of the vessel, which put the health and lives of those serving on it at high risk. The inhalation and ingestion of airborne asbestos fibers can lead to awful diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, as well as to kidney and colon cancer.