USS Gunnel (SS-253) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The name of the USS Gunnel comes from a fish which can be found mostly in the North Pacific. It received 5 battle stars for World War II service and sunk 6 enemy ships weighing a total of 24,624 tons. The keel of the submarine was laid down in 1941 by the Electric Boat Company, during a time when asbestos was heavily employed in shipbuilding. Therefore, it represented a great health danger to those who served on the vessel. We strongly encourage veterans who were present on the USS Gunnel to take great care of their health by undergoing annual medical examinations to ensure the asbestos fibers they breathed in have not affected their lungs. In 1958, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.

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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