Mother ships at Corfu, Plymouth, and Queenstown relayed the message to the chasers: The Armistice had been signed.
From the records of subchasers SC 83 (stationed at Plymouth, England), a U.S. Naval Communiations Service memo read:
"All Allied man-o-war. The armistice is signed. Hostilities to be suspended forthwith. Submarines on the surface are not to be attacked unless their hostile intentions are obvious."
At Corfu, Greece, Lt. George S. Dole, CO of subchaser SC 93, wrote home:
“News of the signing of the Armistice by Germany came over the wire this a.m. This gang sure did send up a shout, and toot whistles. ... For all practical purposes the murderer is chained and modern Babylon fallen.” (From Hunters of the Steel Sharks: The Submarine Chasers of WWI.)
The days of service on the barrage lines were over. Soon the depth charges would be offloaded, and the crews would breathe more easily and wait for orders to return home