The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

American Sub-Chasers in Plymouth

This picture from shows the crew of an American Sub-Chaser posing for a group photograph in Plymouth. Some 3,000 personnel were stationed at Plymouth from June of 1917. There job was to keep the Channel as clear of U-boats as possible to help move American soldiers and supplies over the Atlantic. There were up to 60 sub-chasers operating out of Plymouth. The distinctive uniforms would have marked them out from the Royal Naval personnel of the port.

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