USS Steelhead (SS-280) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Named after a fish which can be found from California to Alaska, the USS Steelhead was built in 1942 as a Gato-class submarine by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. It completed 6 successful war patrols, for which it received 6 battle stars. Because asbestos was heavily employed in shipbuilding at the time, the USS Steelhead contained the dangerous mineral in various places, such as the walls as insulation and the boiler room. Therefore, people who served on the vessel were at high risk of exposure and many of them have only recently come to struggle with diseases such as mesothelioma. We strongly advise everyone who was present on the USS Steelhead to undergo annual medical examinations to make sure their lungs are in good condition. In 1960, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.

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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