USS Arizona BB-39 Deck log excerpt, October 22 1941
1643 Changed course to 263ºT.
1702 Sighted OKLAHOMA bearing 233ºT., distance 2000 yards.
1702 Changed speed to 12 knots.
1703 Ceased fog signals
1705 Sighted NEVADA bearing 238ºT., distance 2000 yards.
1715 NEVADA and OKLAHOMA formed column astern.
1730 Changed course to 180ºT.
1734 Darkened Ship.
1735 Set contition three, second section.
1742 NEVADA and OKLAHOMA sheered out of column on signal from Commander Task Group 2.1 to take stations for scheduled exercise.
1800 Changed course to 120ºT. Changed speed and standard speed to 10 knots, forming cruising disposition 8-L, fleet axis 270ºT., fleet course 120ºT., fleet speed 10 knots, fleet guide ARIZONA.
1802 NEVADA and OKLAHOMA on port quarter.
1813 Turned on reference light as fleet guide.
1815 The following named man received the following injury: CASE, C.A. Bkr2c, diagnosis, wound, lacerated right leg, negligence not apparent, injury received while going out of hatch from casemate #4 to port side of gallery deck, man slipped and fell striking shin, causing lacerated wound about 1¼ inches long.
1816 Turned off reference light.
1817 Observed OKLAHOMA to port on a converging course. OKLAHOMA turned on running lights, ARIZONA turned on running lights, Captain took the conn, rudder was put over hard right, assumed flank speed, sounded one short blaset on whistle, sounded siren, collision quarters. OKLAHOMA sounded siren, NEVADA turned on running lights. NORTHAMPTON turned on running lights. Visibility with running lights on about 5000 yards.
1819 Collision occured port side frame 75, rudder was put over hard left. Stopped port engine.
1820 Stopped all engines.
1821 Turned on searchlight.
1822 Came right to 120ºT.
1824 Hoisted dip rope, preliminary examination showed evidence of damage to blisters B-4, B-6, and B-8 and oil tanks B-116 and B-118-AF.
1828 Ship listing 2.5º to port.
1843 All engines ahead one-third (3½ knots).
1845 Secured dip rope.
1846 Steadied on course 120ºT.
1850 Secured from collision quarters.
1853 Changed speed to two-thirds
For those who are unfamiliar with the term "dip rope," the 1943 Bluejackets' Manual states, "A dip rope would be about 6 fathoms of 3-inch wire or an equivalent open-link chain, with a shackle large enough to engage a link of the anchor chain, and a 30-fathom length of 7-inch Manila. This line is led out through one hawse pipe, around the bow and in the other, and shackled to the end of the anchor chain to be dipped. It is used to haul this anchor chain around the bow and into the other hawse pipe."
Special thanks to Jim Azelton for locating and sharing that page of Arizona's log.