|"Versenkung eines feindlichen bewaffneten Truppentransportdampfers durch deutsches U-Boot im Mittelmeer (Sinking of a hostile armed troop carrier by German submarine in the Mediterranian sea)" by Willy Stower (1917)|
"Stand by for firing a torpedo!" I called down to the control room.
A slight tremor went through the boat - the torpedo had gone.
The death-bringing shot was a true one, and the torpedo ran towards the doomed ship at high speed. I could follow its course exactly by the light streak of bubbles which was left in its wake.
I saw that the bubble-track of the torpedo had been discovered on the bridge of the steamer, as frightened arms pointed towards the water and the captain put his hands in front of his eyes and waited resignedly. Then a frightful explosion followed, and we were all thrown against one another by the concussion, and then, like Vulcan, huge and majestic, a column of water two hundred metres high and fifty metres broad, terrible in its beauty and power, shot up to the heavens."
-- U-boat commander Adolf K.G.E. von Spiegel, U-boat 202 (1919)