Stuff You Should Know
Built for the US Navy, this ship was an Essex-class aircraft carrier with hull number CV-21. It was built in Virginia and started its service in 1945 until 1969. The vessel construction ended too late to be used during the World War II, instead it served in the Korean War, which led to the receiving of eight battle stars. The crew got contaminated on this ship because of the high concentrations of asbestos used in building the equipment. This included boilers, turbines, electrical components, pumps, valves and others. As in the examples mentioned before, the engine room and the boiler space were the most dangerous because there was poor ventilation. Of course, the company that provided these products was aware of this fact, but decided to stay silent in order to make profit.