There are four excellent photo sets recently posted, each well worth perusing. Two of these sets, the collection of Ens. Charles E. Rose and the collection of Corbin Z. Demarest, are posted courtesy of descendants of the crewmen, who were kind enough to spend a great deal of time preparing and sending in the images, and with whom I've had the pleasure of some great "chaser conversations."
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--Todd Woofenden, Editor, The Subchaser Archives.
New in The Chasers >> Photo Sets
SC 59: The Ens. Charles E. Rose Collection.
This collection, submitted by his son, Thomas Rose, shows scenes from the service of Ens. Rose.
The set includes an excellent portrait shot of SC 59, several gunner photos showing the 3"/23-caliber Poole deck gun, and an interesting incident in which a chaser appears to have caught fire.
Also shown are several notable vessels other than chasers, including the lightship Relief and patrol vessel USS Freelance (SP 830).
Don't miss the stunning evening shot of war ships at the end of the collection.
SC 125: The Henry F. Tegler Collection
Henry "Harry" Tegler, a radio electrician fresh from training, served on SC 125 in the Otranto Barrage, and post-war in the diplomatic work of the chasers along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
His photograph collection includes many interesting and rare images of scenes along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in the aftermath of the war, when U.S. submarine chasers were sent to the region on diplomatic missions.
Among the photos is a rare view of several Standard Motor Construction Company 220 hp engines, removed from a chaser and being transported on a track car at the drydock in Malta.
SC 254: The Unit 21 Collection
SC 254 was among the chasers based at Queenstown, Ireland.
Of these, several units were assigned locally to patrols out of Holyhead, Wales.
This collection shows the chasers of Unit 21.
Notable images include a shot of a chaser approaching the Menai Bridge, the deck of HMS Patrol, U.S. service men at Holyhead, and two engine room photographs.
SC 354: The Corbin Z. Demarest Collection
Following the war, a unit of submarine chasers was assigned to duty in northern Russia, amidst the hostilities associated with the Russian Revolution. This tour of duty, the Northern Russia Expedition, was a record-breaking feat for chasers for miles run without the services of a repair ship.
Corbin Z. Demarest served as Chief Machinist's Mate on the unit leader, SC 354, and in the North Sea minesweeping operations thereafter.
This collection, submitted by Jim and Lynn Brace (Jim is Corbin Demarest's grandson), shows several views from his service. Also included are several crew photos from Devonport (England), and a muster roll from SC 354 while at Murmansk.