Stuff You Should Know
Vessels built during 1930-1970 contained asbestos, a very poisonous substance, in their components like turbines, the valves, the pumps and even the engine and boilers rooms. Because of the poor ventilation existed on board, people who worked on these ships inhaled the poisoned air during their service and are likely to suffer now from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. One of those ships is USS San Jacinto, an Independence-class Light Aircraft Carrier with hull number CVL-30. The ship was commissioned in 1943, carried almost 1,500 men on board and measured 622,5 feet. Its missions were held in the Pacific Theater, receiving five battle stars. President George H.W. Bush served on this ship during the World War II. It was in active service for 4 years, since 1943 and until 1947. The companies that provided the contaminated materials were aware of the high risk of exposure to asbestos, but decide to keep silent. This is why they should sue those companies in order to receive some compensation.