USS Sturgeon (SS-187) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Laid down at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1936, the USS Sturgeon is another submarine which participated in World War II, for which it received 10 battle stars. Having been built when asbestos was widely used in shipyards as wall insulation, exposure was a serious problem for the people who served on this vessel. By breathing in or swallowing asbestos fibers, a person can come to suffer from diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma several decades later. The USS Sturgeon was decommissioned in 1945 and sold for scrapping 3 years later.

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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