Stuff You Should Know
This ship was commissioned in 1943 and carried about 100 aircraft during its service. It was an Essex-class aircraft carrier with hull number CV-17 and was built in Quincy, Massachusetts. It was the Japanese kamikaze’s target in 1945 and suffered great damage. The ship was repaired subsequently but the damage was so strong that they decided to retire the vessel from the Naval Vessel Register in 1966. As said before, ships built during 1930-1970 had asbestos in their components and equipment. A lot of the equipment was constructed with asbestos which inevitably led to the contamination of the crew. Unfortunately, they did not know about this because they were not warned by the companies that provided the elements to build the ships.