USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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The 622-foot ship was built in Camden, New Jersey during the World War II. Independence-class light aircraft carrier with hull number CVL-24, the ship was commissioned in 1943. With almost 1,600 men aboard, it sailed at Pearl Harbor right before the attack, but it never got involved in it. The ship was decommissioned in 1947. The contamination with asbestos happened because of the manufacturers who used asbestos within 1930 and 1970 to build the equipment on board. The most dangerous places on the ship were the boilers and the engine rooms because of the poor ventilation combined with the high concentration of asbestos used to build the equipment.

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