As I mentioned last month, I will be offering a lecture and slides on chasers and their role in the Allied victory in WWI, with a book signing afterward. The tie-in is Veterans Day, based, of course, on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918; but the main point of the presentation is to cover early ASW technology and the role of the U.S. submarine chasers in the war.
What: Submarine Hunters and the First Armistice Day: The Role of U.S. Subchasers in Achieving Victory in WWI
Where: Portland (Maine) Public Library, 5 Monument Square Portland, Maine 04101
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 12:15 p.m.
Details on the Portland Public Library site
There will also be a small display of chaser-related photos and other items. Hope to see some of you there! Since old photographs make up a considerable part of this site, I'm often asked about techniques for getting a decent digital image of old photos. This month I posted some pages on Photographing and Scanning Old Photos and Documents. In my work, the objective is usually either (a) to make very high-quality digital images of old, sometimes damaged photos; or (b) to copy a large collection of documents quickly and inexpensively. Speaking of scanning: This month there are a few photos posted from the collection of Henry Miller, a chaser crewman on SC 208. I have been working on scanning this collection, photos from which are (and will be) posted courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Bobbie Miller. Much more coming soon. Of particular interest is that Henry Miller made good use of a pen, and captioned most of the photos. Not only does this take away much of the typical burden of detective work in identifying the items in the collection, but where there is overlap with other photo sets, helps fill in some gaps in what is already here. --Todd Woofenden, Editor