Realtime makes a donkey - oops..strike that - a fool of himself so much here that he's approaching Professional Strength now.<quoted text>
On January 14, the first U-boat struck, sinking the Panamanian tanker Norness in Rhode Island Sound. The entire seaboard was still brightly lit by shore lights because seacoast chambers of commerce, fearing a loss of profits, fought every attempt to impose a coastal blackouts. At night, the brightly lit coast provided U-boats with perfectly silhouetted targets.
Along the East Coast, public morale dropped as civilians watched ships burning offshore nearly every night, and bodies of merchant seamen wash ashore nearly every morning.
It lasted for several months.
So flack was right. And so was I. Don't know in which state civilians turned on their headlights to witness it in the documentary, but they did. At least the first night or at the beginning.
Just like some Toilet Cleaners, ya know.