Stuff You Should Know
Vessels built during 1930-1970 contained asbestos, a very poisonous substance, which could be found in their components like turbines, valves, pumps and even the engine and boilers rooms. Because of the poor ventilation existed on board, people who worked on these ships inhaled the poisoned air during their service and are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. One of those ships is USS Kitty Hawk, a Kitty Hawk -class Aircraft Carrier built in Camden, New Jersey, with the hull number CV-63. The ship was commissioned in 1961, carried almost 5,700 men on board and measured 1,069 feet. It is famous for carrying the Wright Brothers’ first powered air light. It was decommissioned in 2009 after 48 years of active service. The companies that provided the contaminated materials were aware of the high risk of exposure to asbestos, but decide to keep silent. This is why they should sue those companies in order to receive some compensation.