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Oran to Gibraltar convoys 1917-1918 question


Felix C

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I believe these were French escorted from Oran and do not know if these were handed over at some point to escorts out of Gibraltar or if escorted all the way through to G.

Anyone familiar where records may be maintained? Investigating a specific attack.

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I am thinking these were BG prefix Bizerte to Gibraltar convoys which picked up ships at Oran.  Escorted by USN vessels. Mostly armed yachts, USCG vessels, old gunboats and old coal burning destroyers.

 

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Take the example of Convoy BG18 that left Bizerta 16 March 1918. It comprised of 10 merchant ships (for the most part carrying cargoes of iron ore) escorted by six naval vessels -  USS Yankton, USS Ossipee, HMS Privet, HMS Acton, a French trawler and the British naval tug Alice.

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Thanks. I requested the relevant escort AAR will post the useful here.  

USN Heritage site his some info online. Gibraltar became the base to 41 USN vessels, including 9 sub-chasers, 6 Coast Guard Cutters, 9 yachts and 5 destroyers.

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/publications/documentary-histories/wwi/august-1917/list-of-united-state.html

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  • 2 weeks later...

Gibraltar-based USN subchasers came under fire just before the Armistice in "the Battle of the Porpoises", when they were mis=-dentified as surfaced U-boats, fortunately without losses.

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