U.S. Navy SC-1–class submarine chasers performed significant services that became an integral part of the Allied effort to win World War I war at sea. They did this by their teamwork incessantly patrolling the eastern European and western United States littorals. At the end of the war, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels reported that 355 wooden submarine chasers had been constructed to implement submarine defensives measures. The 110-foot ships had a crew of 2 officers and 20 men, one 3-inch gun mount, two .30-caliber machine guns, and one y-gun to project depth charges. With three 220-horsepower gasoline engines attached to three individual shafts, the craft moved at a theoretical maximum speed of 18 knots. The service of these small unheralded escorts began just a few months after the United States entered the war in April 1917.
A Case for Submarine Chasers
The role submarine chasers played in ending the German U-boat threat during World War I.
Paul E. Pedisich