Vol. 19 No. 1, January 2023

Recently I picked up a print of three chasers in dry dock. My initial guess is that it was taken at Bremerton, WA, possibly post-war, but I'm hoping someone can tell me for certain. It looks like the right setup, but I can't identify the buildings in other contemporaneous shots. I'll post an update if someone can confirm or deny.

Subchasers in dry dock

Other items of interest: 

The February, 2023 issue of Naval History Magazine contains my article on the role of subchasers in the clearing of the North Sea mine fields in 1919: Taking Aim at North Sea Mines  CO of SC 93 and later of SC 354 Lt. (j.g.) George S. Dole describes the work of clearing the minefields as the most dangerous and the most interesting work he and his crews participated in.

Also see this article by Roy Manstan in Acoustics Today: U-boat Predators in the Great War- "A Problem of Physics, Pure and Simple" It's an account of the people who drove the development of submarine detection equipment in WWI and how it played out. And of course the U.S. subchasers were notable for deploying several types of these devices. One nit-pick: The account of German submariners committing suicide when cornered is a great story, but almost certainly fiction. You can read my notes on this in my book, and in an earlier Notes issue. But it's not important to the article.

As we head into 2023, I'll offer my usual pitch: I'm always on the lookout for articles, photos, and documents related to U.S. submarine chasers in WWI, and appreciate the scans and notes I receive from others. Please keep sending what you find. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

--Todd Woofenden, editor

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