USS Hoe (SS-258) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Built by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut in 1942, the submarine was named after the hoe, a type of shark. It completed 8 war patrols, out of which 5 were considered successful, for which it received 7 battle stars. Asbestos use was highly popular at the time, which is the reason why the USS Hoe contained this carcinogenic mineral in the wall insulation, as well as in other components, including boilers, valves and gaskets. Therefore, people who served on it should pay close attention to worrisome symptoms such as a persisting cough and chest pain and immediately seek medical attention if they begin experiencing any of them. In 1946, the submarine was decommissioned and was later 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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