Call to Arms

Anyone who thought that U-boats off the U.S. East Coast had been worsted needed only to read a Navy announcement last week to know how serious the situation was: the Navy, which as late as a month ago pooh-poohed the idea of using small craft for anti-submarine patrol, made a public appeal to fishermen and yachtsmen for 1,000 such boats—in addition to 1,200 others which already have been quietly taken into service.

These small craft, mostly of wood or wood-and-steel construction, cannot successfully fight a submarine. (Already one such patrol craft, the converted fishing smack YP-389, has been sunk by...

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