Rear Admiral Herbert O. Dunn, Commander, Azores Detachment, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
U.S. NAVAL FORCES OPERATING IN EUROPEAN WATERS.
OFFICE OF DETACHMENT COMMANDER.
Naval Base Azores,14 September 1918.
From: Detachment Commander.
To: Force Commander.
Subject: Report of Operations for week ending 14 September 1918.
Reference: (a) Force Instructions No. 2 of 22 September 1917.
Monitor TONOPAH – Station Ship and Submarine
Tender; in fair condition, requires port propellor.
Tug MONTAUK – General Duties; in good condition.
Bark QUEVILLY – Tank Ship; in good condition.
Sub. K-1 – Patrol Duty; engines poor, battery good, hull needs dry docking. Due to absence of spare parts should make only short patrol trips in vicinity.
Sub. K-6 – Duty and condition same as K-1.
Sub. K-2 – Patrol Duty; engines poor, battery is nearly worn out, hull excellent. K-2 is available for harbor patrol only.
Canadian Drifter 1 – In poor condition upon arrival here 2 September. Crew is cleaning boiler and overhauling engine. Will be ready for sea about 16 September.
Canadian Drifter 69 – In fair condition upon arrival here 2 September. Crew is cleaning boiler and overhauling engine, and U.S.S. TONOPAH is effecting various repairs to this vessel. Will be ready for sea about 16 September.
Canadian Drifter 71 – In very poor condition upon arrival here 2 September. Engine and pumps are in bad shape, boiler leaks, all valves and sea cock leak. This vessel is under repair by U.S.S. TONOPAH’S force and is expected to be ready for sea about 23 September.
All of these drifters left a British dock yard with no engineer’s supplies of any kind and no tools, and when they asked for these things, they were told that they could get them at the Azores.
(b) Unavailable for Sea Duty.
Yacht MARGARET – Used as quarters for submarine crews, in poor condition, laid up.
Yacht GALATEA – Laid up, in poor condition.
2. OPERATIONS. . . .
11 September At 11:13 a.m., while making a scouting flight in a seaplane, Lieutenant Poague, U. S. M. C., and his observer sighted a dark shape looking like a submarine submerged, and dropped a bomb on it which failed to detonate. This was 16 miles due south of the harbor of Ponta Delgada. Three additional planes, the Marines’ express cruiser, the K-1 were sent out immediately. Portuguese Gunboat IBO also went out. Nothing further however was seen.
U.S.S. MONTAUK sailed to assist American S.S. FRANCIS L. SKINNER which had lost her propeller in Latitude 45°-45' N. Longitude 20°-08' W.
Heavy ground in armature of port main motor occurred on K-1 while shoving off from alongside the tender at about 7:35 p.m.
K-1 on night patrol. . . .
14 September U.S.S. OAKLAND enroute from Norfolk Va., to Gibraltar and Genoa, put into this port to repair air pump. Find it impracticable to repair her own pump, so will transfer a pump from U. S. S. MARGARET to her.
American S.S. MIJDRECHT enroute from Bordeaux to Philadelphia, put into this port to repair her circulating pump and to coal.
K-2 on night patrol. . . .