...Some confusion may have arisen in the fleet about the use of Skipjack hulls for boomers because of the difference in hull
diameters between the missile compartment and the fore and aft sections in all Geo. Washington boats. The missile house was 33 feet in diameter and the max diameter of the other sections was 31.5 feet. The difference was carried through all ships of the class because the same planset was used for all major hull items. This was done for speed in construction and economics. The centers of the cylindrical sections were not aligned along a common axis, instead, the keel (bottom centerline) was held and the upper portions of the cylindrical hull section faired under the missile deck and superstructure. Thus the disparity in diameters is all but invisible in existing photos.
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