USS Saury (SS-189) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Saury was the only submarine which was named after the saury, a long-beaked relative of the flying fish found in certain areas of the Atlantic Ocean. Laid down by the Electric Boat Company in 1937, it was sponsored by Mrs. Mary E. Casbarian, wife of James Paul Casbarian, who headed the Navy’s Ships Names and Sponsors Office, and commanded by Lieutenant G. W. Patterson, Jr. Because it was built during a time when asbestos was a very popular material, the toxic mineral may have been lurking in the wall insulation of the submarine, which put the health of the people present on it at risk. The USS Saury was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1947.

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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