• Vol. 3, No. 12, December 2007

    It was a pleasure to speak at the Portland Public Library last month, and nice to see good attendance. At times it seems that interest in WWI topics is rather thin, but this group was not only interested, but asked a lot of good questions about early ASW devices and tactics. My wife had warned me beforehand that my presentation seemed too technical (schematics of the C-tube, a photo of the internal components of the K Tube compensator, and so on), so I was pleased to be vindicated by receiving a lot of highly technical questions, and especially pleased to be stumped by someone asking the displacement of the Standard 220 hp motor. Now, that's an audience! The best I could offer off the cuff was to note that it was a 6-cylinder engine with a 10” bore - which is to say, it had to have an enormous displacement. Now I need to pull out the engine manual and look it up.

    I would like to give a talk sometime in Bath, Maine, early home of Lt. Dole, later home to his twin, my grandfather, and a notable maritime city. Does anyone have a venue recommendation, or a contact there?

    -- Todd Woofenden, Subchaser Archives editor

  • SC 208: Henry Miller Collection

    New in The Chasers >> Photo Sets:

    Henry Miller, QM 1c, served as a Listener on subchaser SC 208.

    His daughter-in-law, Bobbie Miller, kindly sent his excellent collection of photos and other items to me to be scanned. This month two photo sets are posted.

    The first set shows views from the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean en route to Europe. One photograph shows U.S and French sailors who trained at New London. 100 of the U.S.-built 100' subchasers were sold to France. There is also a nice shot of New London Ledge Light, as the chaser approaches. There are also several shots of Bermuda.

    The second set shows views from England. SC 208 served from Base 27, Plymouth, England; and later was assigned to Base 6, Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland

    More sets from this collection will follow.

  • Chaser Hull Number Photos

    New in The Chasers >> Hull Number Photos

    SC 207: A second photo, from the collection of Henry Miller, is added.

    SC 297: From the collection of James Everett Parks, a good photo of this chaser.

    SC 301: A new addition to the collection, also from the collection of James Everett Parks.

    SC 329: I recently picked up a canal bulletin from 1917, and found the photo of SC 329 – the one shown in the microfiche image posted earlier – on the back cover. The image on the bulletin is in better condition, so a scan of it is added.