BOW COMPARTMENT

This compartment is more commonly known as the Torpedo Room. In the forward-most part of the room, extending through the pressure hull, are the ship's six torpedo tubes. Aft of the tubes are the stowage racks (skids) for torpedos and a working area for maintenance and loading of torpedos. A crew's berthing area occupies the after end of the compartment in "split level" style. A crew's washroom is also provided in the area of the berthing section. As you enter the compartment from topside you pass through the Forward Escape Trunk. The upper and lower hatches, and the escape door on one side, permit several men at a time to make an emergency escape from the ship while submerged. The escape door also serves as the torpedo loading hatch.