USS Dane (APA-238) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Dane (APA-238) was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on August 9, 1945, and commissioned on October 29, 1945, under Capt. D. K. Day’s command, with the hull number APA-238 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and didn’t participate in World War II, but it took place in Operation Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on August 17, 1958.

Asbestos can be found in a range of vessels, including aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships. On these ships, asbestos could be found in concrete and tile flooring, ceiling panels, and fire insulation materials, and even ship doors contain asbestos; other sources include electrical cables, gaskets, brake linings, boiler cladding, and mooring ropes. Welders’ gloves and curtains, firebricks in furnaces, and fireproof clothing also contain asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS Dane (APA-238)

Edward Thomas Aucoin

Arthur S. Colley

Neil S. Wetherbee

Roscoe Owen Wheat Jr.