Diary of Commander Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, Destroyer Division Eight
This morning, the Vice Admiral told me that the British merchant steamer “Manchester Miller” was torpedoed while being escorted by the McDougal. She did not sink right away and sloop Camellia had her in tow for several hours. She finally went down. While submarines do not often get ships that are being escorted, it happens once in a while. It shows that the submarines have the advantage all on their side as except in the most favorable conditions it is almost impossible to see a periscope only a couple of feet out of water. And the conditions have seldom been favorable for seeing periscopes. I am anxious to hear from Fairfield whether or not his lookout saw anything, and just what happened.
Source Note: D, RNW, Joseph K. Taussig Papers, Mss. Coll. 97, Naval Historical Collection. The diary is written on ruled paper with a vertical line one inch in along the left margin. The date is written in that space.