USA NAVY in the Azores in 1918.
1918, Port of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island - "American submarine fighters in the port of Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel, Azores, in 1918, on feast day (of ours or ours, are flagged in arch)." The construction of these small units was due to Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as a way of responding quickly to the attacks of German submarines in World War I. Given the shortage of steel they were built in wood, drawing on the experience of the numerous small yards in the country that worked with 100 were sold to France and 121 crossed the Atlantic to operate in Europe (they reached as far as Murmansk, Russia) and the Mediterranean Sea, with the remainder protecting the eastern coast of the USA Some have done service in the Azores, supported by the monitor "Tonopah", which is distinguished in the photo by its very high chminé. "- By Manuel João Coelho Photo from Todd Woofenden's collection, responsible for the blog "The Subchaser Archives, text by Manuel João Coelho