USS S-29 (SS-134) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS S-29 (SS-134), was a first-group S-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 17 April 1919 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. Commissioned in 1924, the USS S-29 (SS-134) operated in Maine Island, Hawaii, San Diego, Key West, as well as the Panama Canal. Asbestos could have been lurking on this submarine, too, as the mineral was becoming increasingly popular as wall insulation at the time. The USS S-29 became inactive in 1942 and it was subsequently transferred to the Royal Navy. In 1947, it was eventually sold for scrapping. Asbestos is a durable mineral that’s resistant to heat, water, and sound - which made it a choice building material throughout most of the 20th century. In fact, from the 1930s to the late 1970s, asbestos was widely used in building Navy ships. Asbestos-containing products used to build Navy ships included: Adhesives, aggregate mixtures, block insulation, boiler insulation, cables, deck covering materials, gaskets, grinders, packing materials, paint, pipe insulation, pumps, spray-on insulation, thermal materials, and valves.

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Shipmates on USS S-29 (SS-134)

william john millican

eugene thomas sands

howard alfred sanders jr