USS S-34 (SS-139) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Sponsored by Miss Florence Hellman, the USS S-34 was built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in 1918. After commission, it was temporarily inactive for engineering alterations. Since it operated during the heyday of asbestos, the toxic mineral might have lurked on the submarine in the form of wall insulation, putting the lives of the people who were serving on it at risk. The vessel was decommissioned in 1945, after winning one battle star during World War II.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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