Zig Zag Refueling

In 1959 The USS Kawishiwi, AO-146 had a collision with the USS Lexington CV16, that happen off Hawaii. Kawishiwi was trying to set some type of zig-zag record while refueling the Lexington. The day was clear and warm and off our fantail a Destroyer was there to record the event. The fuel lines had been sent over and we were more or less settled in for a normal run. The night before, the 3.70" ammo magazines for #3 mount had flooded , port side. The Ammo had been set on the deck to dry, which is not supposed to happen, in case of fire cause by a fueling or collision accident.

We noticed the ships were slowly drifting apart,  so far that our cables were snapping, Both captains were on the bullhorns  calling out "WHERE YOU RUDDER AT",  then our ships started moving towards each other, closer and closer then bang, we lock up. We bounced off each other for what seems eternity. The 3.70" Ammo  stack on the 2th deck, broke lose and were rolling all over the place, the Lexington hull was bouncing off the 3.70 mount adding potential danger for fire or explosion.
We finally broken loose, the Destroyer filmed it all, I guess for training purposes, on what not to do. The Kawishiwi went back to safe harbor, I think we were in port about two weeks for repairs, it's been a lone time ago. ..........................................................................................Ronald Gust S.N. 58-59, 2nd Div.

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