On 27 April, 1918, SC 93 and the other chasers in the convoy arrived in the Azores. They had run for twelve days under their own power, refuelling at sea. Lt. Dole's father, George Henry Dole, had given a sermon in support of the Allied cause, a copy of which reached Lt. Dole on SC 93. And as Lt. Dole contemplated heading to his assigned port and joining the barrage lines, he replied:
“Read your sermon this morning ... It was fine. One of your best. Two of the crew have read it already, and found it very profitable and helpful. I do not think Germany will be permitted to gain the ascendancy by the methods she has been using. Provided that her cause was just, which it is not, her methods would defeat her in the end. Germany must be defeated on the field of battle, as you say, and I believe she will be.”
Photo: Fruit vendors in the Azores, selling to crewmen on a submarine chaser. G. S. Dole Collection.