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Ship's Log, Allen

MARCH 17,

     Arrived at submarine position at daylight and continued search in vicinity without success until 9:00 a.m. when shaped course for QUEENSTOWN.

     At 10:08 received S.O.S. message from S.S. LADY CHARLOTTE, which vessel was being chased by a submarine ten miles N.N.E. of the BISHOPS.1 Altered course to intercept her, and increased speed to twenty-eight knots. At 11:00 a.m. sighted LADY CHARLOTTE ahead, and joined her at 11:05. Learned that submarine had been last sighted twelve miles astern. Continued search for submarine, allowing LADY CHARLOTTE to proceed alone. Sighted U.S.S. STERETT also searching for submarine. Searched without success until 12:30, when shaped course for QUEENSTOWN, in order to carry out sailing orders to arrive by 7:00 p.m.

     Searched area to S.W. of RAM HEAD, where heavy firing had been reported.

     Arrived at QUEENSTOWN at 7:00 p.m.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B, Destroyer Ship Files: Allen. See also: Ship' Log, Allen, 15 and 16 March 1918.

Footnote 1: A colloquial name for the Barra Isles, a small group of Islands west of Scotland.

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