USS Grampus (SS-207) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The keel of the USS Grampus was laid down in 1940, when asbestos use was widely used as a building material, by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut. While the fate of the submarine was quite short, being decommissioned in 1943, the veterans who served on it are likely to experience the effects of asbestos exposure several decades later, as the carcinogenic fibers they may have breathed in or swallowed can never leave the body, causing inflammation and tissue scarring to various organs. Eventually, the USS Grampus was sunk by Japanese destroyers in Blackett Strait.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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