U.S. WAR SHIPS ARRIVE IN U-BOAT ZONE READY TO BATTLE
London, U.K. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago tonight, May 16, 1917, the British admiralty announced that the first American war vessel had an engagement with a German U-boat and that "a flotilla of American torpedo boat destroyers (are) now...engaged in patrolling the war zone in co-operation with the British navy." The details of the results of the "engagement," described as a "brush," were not made available.
The American squadron arrived in Queenstown greeted by several hundred people some with American flags. Almost immediately, the squadron put back out to sea to join the fight. British naval authorities were somewhat surprised that the Americans would be ready so soon to do battle after making the long journey across the Atlantic.
"U.S. IN U-BOAT ZONE FIGHT, Torpedo Craft Patrol Seas Near England," The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 17, 1917.
German Submarine War Zone