Stuff You Should Know
Built in Quincy, Massachusetts, with the hull number CV-47, this Essex-class Aircraft Carrier started its service in 1946. The vessel measured 888 feet and carried almost 3,500 men and between 90 and 100 aircraft before being decommissioned in 1958. As previously mentioned, the ships that were built between 1930 and 1970 contained asbestos in their equipment on board. Practically, the companies which provided the ship manufacturers with pumps, boilers, valves and the electrical components knew that those are contaminated and present a high risk but never mentioned a word. The crew inhaled the asbestos dust whenever they got into the boiler and engine rooms and, due to the poor ventilation, they got sick in a short period of time. Because the sick veterans did not know about the danger, they can and have the right to sue those companies now in order to receive some compensation.