USSC: Foreword

United States Submarine Chasers in the
Mediterranean, Adriatic and the Attack on Durazzo
by Hilary Ranald Chambers, Jr.

Lieutenant (J. G.), United States Naval Reserve Force, Commanding Officer of U. S. S. C. No. 128; and Executive Officer of U. S. S. C. No. 215

The Knickerbocker Press New York, 1920.

Copyright 1920, by HILARY RANALD CHAMBERS, JR.

This story of my experiences and feelings I wish to dedicate to my beloved family whose love and advice have ever been a help to me both in and out of the service.


The facts, figures, dates, and numbers in the following story of my experience may not be strictly accurate, as much time has elapsed since the occurrences, of which no record was kept.


3 chasers comprise a unit,
6 " " " division,
18 " " " squadron,
36 " " Detachment Two, under command of Capt. C. P. Nelson, U. S. N.

The personnel of a chaser's complement consists of:
2 Commissioned officers
1Chief petty officer in charge of engine room force
5 Engine room force
3 Radio operators
1 Boatswain's mate
1 Quartermaster
1 Coxswain
3 Listeners
1 Cook
1 Mess attendant
5 Seamen

The chasers are 110 feet over all with 15 feet beam.
Their average draught is 51/2 feet.
Their average speed is 15 knots.
Gasoline consumption at full speed about 50 gallons hourly.
By a large majority the chasers were manned and officered by U. S. N. R. F.