Stuff You Should Know
The 888-foot ship was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the World War II. Essex-class aircraft carrier with hull number CV-45, the ship was commissioned in 1946. With almost 3,500 men aboard, it served in the US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet during the end of the 1950s. The ship was decommissioned in 1970, being in active service for 24 years. The contamination with asbestos happened because of the manufacturers who used asbestos within 1930 and 1970 to build the equipment on board. The most dangerous places on the ship were the boilers and the engine rooms because of the poor ventilation combined with the high concentration of asbestos used to build the equipment.