|Andy Bullions (68-72)
Engineering - inspected every tank and void of the Kawishiwi during the
1969 overhaul. During his time, the forward peak
tank was used to carry
fresh water. It was not uncommon to transfer fresh water to the DE's,
DD's, or MSO's from the forward peak via a 1-1/2 inch fire hose.
There was no inner hull anywhere on the Neosho Class Oilers, as you can see very well on frames 42-46 above. You could cut a hole in the bottom of the ship by cutting through just one sheet of steel. The AO143's was designed and built long before the idea of double hulled tankers were conceived.