Diary of Commander Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, Destroyer Division Eight
May 14 
As we were proceeding to sea this morning, the Conyngham, Davis, Porter, and Wainwright stood in – We only had four days out and they have had six days, so I know they are tired and glad to get in for a rest. I think six days is too long a period to keep up the strain of a vigilant look-out such as is required by all hands while performing this kind of duty.
Received a wireless message from the Vice Admiral to meet and escort the “Tuscania”- At half past three sighted the Tuscania. The sloop Gladiolus was escorting her. At 4:00 pm I relieved the Gladiolus, and the Tuscania immediately increased speed from 12 to fifteen knots. The Wadsworth zig-zagged ahead of her from bow to bow at 20 knots speed – Passed through considerable wreckage and saw one boat adrift – The name “Calchas” was on the boat – At dusk passed through a fleet of steam trawlers with nets out. Ran over a couple of their nets as saw them too late to avoid it. As far as could be seen no harm was done. At 11:15 p.m. we were met by the British destroyer Peyton to which ship I turned over my convoy and started back for my patrol station –
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.