Diary of Commander Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, Destroyer Division Eight
May 19 
This morning returned to Queenstown for our two days of rest and recreation- Found the Rowan,
Cummings Cassin Ericsson, Winslow, Jacob Jones, and Tucker in port, they having arrived two days ago- The Conyingham were is also in port- fixing up her turbines which required some of the blading removed.
As soon as the Wadsworth moored to the oil dock, Courtney,
Neal Vernow, Nichols, Wygart, Bagley and Hutchins came on board. There was much talking all round, but I am inclined to think that I did the most of it- A little later Admiral Sims came on board. He is staying for a while at the Admiralty House as the guest of Vice Admiral Bayly. Babcock is there with him also - Daniel who is assigned to his staff came over on the Ericsson, but will live on the Melville when she arrives; and have an office at Admiralty House. Courtney says his division came over without mishap, but that the passage was rough with the sea behind them, fortunately -
Babcock handed me the following, which was viewed May 8th at the Embassy, London:
“No. 14007. To Naval Attache.
Taussig and Johnson are directed to assume the rank of commander. Their commissions have been signed by the President.
Daniels, Secretary Navy.”
I think it was very nice of the Department to send this cablegram, but as Senior Officer Present I had already authorized myself to assume the rank of Commander and had been wearing the uniform since my arrival here-
We received our first mail from the States, and although the last date was May 3d, it was a great relief and pleasure to hear from Lulie and Mother and Father- They of course had no word from us since our departure.
As the Admiralty here just made public the announcement of our arrival, the papers are publishing the news for the first time. The attached clipping is from the Cork Evening Echo of May 18, 1917
The last paragraph reads as if Admiral Sims had come over with us, instead of having preceded us; He was not present in Queenstown when we arrived.
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 and place is written in that space. It is repeated when the diary entry continues to a second page. In the midst of the entry, Taussig included an article from the Cork Evening Echo of 18 May entitled: “U.S. DESTROYERS/QUEENSTOWN VISIT.” The content is discussed by Taussig in this entry. Taussig commanded the U.S. destroyer Wadsworth.