Stuff You Should Know
Built in Quincy, Massachusetts, this vessel was an Essex-class aircraft carrier, with hull number CV-19. It served the US Navy for over 30 years, since 1944 and until 1976. During its service, the ship carried almost 100 aircraft and a complement of over 3,400 crew members and officers. Ships that were built between 1930 and 1970 were built with some parts that had asbestos in their composition. These contaminated places on a vessel were the valves, the engine and boilers rooms, the pumps, the electrical components and even the turbines. Due to the fact that these elements emanated asbestos in the air, the crew inhaled this poisoned air and, later, many of the veterans that served on this ship discovered that they suffer from mesothelioma. This disease is lethal if not discovered on time and it is a form of cancer which develops especially in the lung area. Because the companies that provided these materials knew about this risk and never warned the crew about it, the veterans that are now sick have the right to sue them in order to receive compensation for their suffering.