USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on December 4, 1943, and launched on February 26, the following year. It was commissioned on April 4, 1944, with the hull number CVE-87 under Capt. Steadman Teller’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in January 1947. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping on August 29, 1959. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Steamer Bay received 6 battle stars.

Many naval records, war diaries, and historical documents detailed the pervasive use of asbestos-containing products aboard every ship built by the Navy used between World War II and the late-1970s. These documents describe extensive use of asbestos aboard the ships, including asbestos cloth insulation for valves and pipe flange cuffs, molded asbestos for insulation and lagging, asbestos gaskets for piping on main boilers, and asbestos in block insulation, brake linings, cables, and flooring.

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Shipmates on USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87)

Robert Alexander

Wilbur Clifford Appleman

James R. Boulware

William C. Calvert

Herbert Franklin Donaldson

James Albert Ipock

Lyman Wood Jeffreys

Ross S. Miller

Charles Milton Rohrbaugh

Myron Stedman Teller

Donald Henry Wendland

Justin Earl Whigham

Kenneth L. Willis

John Briganti