USS Revenge (AM-110) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Revenge (AM-110), a World War II-era Auk-class minesweeper in the service of the United States Navy, was laid down as Right on 19 June 1942 by Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Company, Seattle, Washington; launched on 7 November 1942; renamed Revenge 15 May 1943; and commissioned on 21 July 1943, with Commander F. F. Sima in command. In 1961, the ship was transferred to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Orange, Texas, where it remained until struck from the Navy list on 1 November 1966. Until the mid-1970s, asbestos was widely employed to protect boilers on both steam turbine and petroleum ships. Due to the high temperatures at which the boilers operated, maintenance workers were forced to remove layers of asbestos-lead material in order to access a faulty component, releasing enormous quantities of dust into the air. During the aforementioned period, it was widely reported that personnel who worked in the boiler and engine rooms of Navy ships had asbestosis and other illnesses almost as often as dock workers, a profession long linked with asbestos-related ailments.

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Shipmates on USS Revenge (AM-110)

william cleo hutchens

richard b. loomis

edward h. meyer

john edward moser

louis silverstein