USS Hackleback (SS-295) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Named after the hackleback, the smallest species of freshwater sturgeon which can be found in the United States, the USS Hackleback (SS-295) was launched in 1943 with Lieutenant Commander Frederick E. Janney in command. In 1946, the vessel was decommissioned and later sold for scrapping. Between the 1930s up to mid-1970s, asbestos was highly sought-after because of its availability, low cost, strength, versatility, and fire resistance.

When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or worn away with equipment use, fibers are released into the air. Unlike most other particles, asbestos cannot be eliminated by coughing; instead, they become embedded in the lungs and linger there permanently. Exposure to asbestos can lead to a range of serious medical conditions, including asbestosis, lung cancer, atelectasis (collapsed lung scar tissue), pleurisy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ovarian cancer, and laryngeal cancer.

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Shipmates on USS Hackleback (SS-295)

shirl drexel stock

frederick emery janney

dale arden hill

donald oliver dowling

derwood wright davis