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Another ship doomed to be exposed to asbestos was USS Saratoga, a Lexington-class Aircraft Carrier, built in Camden, New Jersey, with the hull number CV-3. Although it was initially built to be a Battle Cruiser, it was converted into Aircraft Carrier in 1922. So, it was commissioned in 1927 and was in active service for 24 years until it was sunk in 1946. For ships built during 1930-1970, asbestos was a commonly used material to build the equipment on board. So, places like the engine and boiler rooms contained the highest concentrations of asbestos, due to the poor ventilation. Once inhaled, the contaminated air causes severe problems at the lung level, including mesothelioma, the lung cancer. Unfortunately, companies that provided the products knew about the danger of exposure to asbestos, but, for financial reasons, they remained silent. Now, people who suffer have the right to contact a lawyer and sue those companies in order to receive some compensation.