USS New Hampshire (BB-25) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS New Hampshire (BB-25) was a Connecticut-class battleship laid down on May 1, 1905, and launched on June 30, the following year. It was commissioned on March 19, 1908, under Capt. Cameron Winslow’s command with the hull number BB-25 and served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1921. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 827 men on board and had its main missions in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Portsmouth, Brest and Santo Domingo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on November 10, 1923, and subsequently sold for scrapping. Asbestos exposure can lead to aggressive forms of cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Unfortunately, given the time between exposure and symptoms, it’s impossible to know how or if exposure to asbestos will affect someone immediately. It could be 10 to 40 years before cancer develops after initial exposure. Occupations within the U.S. Navy that faced an increased risk for asbestos exposure include shipyard workers, boiler operators, pipefitters, damage controlmen, electrician’s mates, fire control technicians, gunner’s mates, hull maintenance technicians, machinery repairmen, radiomen, and seabees.

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Shipmates on USS New Hampshire (BB-25)

Lloyd Brown

Lyal Ament Davidson

John Grady

Rufus Zenas Johnston

James Patrick Lannon

Ridley McLean

Thomas Slidell Rodgers