USS Buckeye (AN-13) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Buckeye (AN-13/YN-8), an Aloe-class net laying ship in service with the United States Navy from 1942 to 1947, was laid down on 17 March 1941 at Portland, Oregon, by the Commercial Iron Works; launched on 26 July 1941; sponsored by Miss Sara Ann Tefler; and placed in service on 5 September 1941, with Lt. Elias Johnson, USNR, in charge. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the ship was used as a salvage training hulk. Its name was struck from the Navy List on 1 July 1963. The USS Buckeye (AN-13/YN-8) remained at the Suisun Bay facility until 5 May 1976 at which time it was reacquired by the Navy for use as a salvage training hulk. From merchant marine ships and minesweepers to aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, asbestos materials were used extensively due to the ever-present need to prevent fire aboard ships. Members of the United States Navy, like those in other branches of the military, were exposed to asbestos while doing their duties. Asbestos was preferred because of its unique properties, including fire resistance, thermal insulation, electrical insulation, strength, and flexibility. Therefore, asbestos was used in various locations throughout a ship.

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Shipmates on USS Buckeye (AN-13)

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