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New York tour guide Skeets O'Reilly and Coney Island gallery operators Baltimore Clark and Dutch Herman all adore Sally, the owner of a Luna Park taffy stand. Although deeply fond of Skeets and photographer Dutch, Sally truly loves Baltimore, the manager of a shooting gallery, but is reluctant to confess her feelings. After America's entrance into World War I, Skeets, Dutch and Baltimore enlist in the Navy, and Baltimore, who has previous Navy experience, is made chief petty officer. During training, Baltimore visits Sally to explain his enlistment but, unsure of his future, shies away from proposing to her. Just before sailing, however, Skeets does propose and is given a gentle rejection from Sally, who then rushes to the dock to signal an "I love you" to the departing destroyer. After a stop in Tangiers, the trio's destroyer encounters a Norwegian schooner, which is known to be a communications "mystery" ship for the Germans. When the schooner fails to respond to the destroyer's signals, the American sailors are ordered to board the ship, which has been set fire to by its captain, Holtzmann. Before the enemy boat sinks, Baltimore secures a pile of coded messages and hands them to his grateful superiors. The destroyer is then sent to Havanna, where Skeets and Dutch, who have failed to give Baltimore love letters from Sally, enjoy a wild night of drinking with the local women. At the same time, Baltimore receives an assignment to command a phony mystery ship and, after braving a tavern brawl, forces a drunken Skeets and Dutch to accompany him. At sea for many days, including Christmas, Baltimore and his men are spotted by a German submarine. Two German officers board the schooner, believing it to be the mystery ship, and reveal to the German-speaking Dutch, who is impersonating Captain Holtzmann, their plans to destroy a fleet of American destroyers. Eventually, however, another German officer, who had been on board the real mystery ship, becomes suspicious and exposes Dutch as an imposter. As the Germans prepare to bombard the schooner, Dutch communicates the enemy's plans and whereabouts to the American fleet. After a prolonged battle with three German submarines, one of which is downed by the schooner, the American boat sinks, but the trio is rescued by the destroyer fleet. Hailed as heroes, Dutch, Skeets and Baltimore, who is now married to Sally, return to their Coney Island life.