DAMAGE DONE BY WHITEHEAD TORPEDOES.
On February 8 there were 23 Whitehead torpedoes fired, of which only three made hits.
Cesarevitch (Feb. 8).—Outer plating and frames ruptured over a surface about 9 m. by 3 m. by a torpedo explosion; the armored deck deformed for a length of six frame spaces. The armor belt was pushed inward, and the frames behind it greatly deformed over a length of four frame spaces; the rear bulkhead deformed. Four compartments invaded by water. The adjoining bulkheads stood fast, and the damage was wholly local. The ship heeled 17° and it took over an hour to right her.
During the night of August 10, the Cesarevitch was attacked by nine torpedoes, none of which hit; their trajectories could be clearly seen on account of their luminous tracks on the phosphorescent sea.
The remainder of the Russian squadron, re-entering Port Arthur, was attacked by a squadron of 40 torpedo boats, the attacks following one after the other all night. The Poltava alone was struck, and had to be towed in, with her propelling machinery damaged, her rudder broken, and making water fast.