: ...since her speed and maneuverability were
: impaired as well as her forward main battery
: director being severely restricted to the
: point of disablement by the torpedo hit.
: While she was good for about 20 knots, 10
: knots was found to be better on her strained
: bow. This ship was in trouble and had the
: second torpedo detonated in her engineering
: spaces, she may well have been lost.
: Up until Minneapolis was torpedoed in
: November, no USN cruiser would survive
: multiple torpedo detonations and given
: Chester 's experience in October, I'm not at
: all convinced Chicago would have survived
: an additional torpedo detonation in August.
: Granted, Chicago was not badly damaged
: during the action but only by a hair's
: breadth did she escape; a few more minutes
: of targeting by Mikawa's men likely would
: have delivered Chicago on to the butcher's
: block. It's rather fortunate that her
: bridge watch felt that action loomed to the
: northeast and steamed in that direction
: rather than having more or less reversed
: course to attempt to further engage Mikawa's
: Not to mention the confusion--warranted
: confusion but confusion nevertheless--which
: resulted with her being fought in a less
: than stellar manner by Captain Bode, who was
: simply not up to the challenge of the night.
: Then again, few commanders in the
: Sound--few Allied commanders that is--were.
: Randy Stone