USS Whale (SS-239) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Having conducted 11 war patrols and sunk 57,716 tons of Japanese shipping, the USS Whale was built in 1941 by Mare Island Naval Shipyard and earned 11 battle stars for World War II service. Nevertheless, since it was laid down during a time when asbestos was widely employed in shipbuilding, the carcinogen was present on the USS Whale in the form of wall insulation, which endangered the health of those present on the vessel. If you are a veteran who served on this submarine, we strongly encourage you to undergo annual medical examinations to make sure the asbestos fibers you breathed in have not caused any damage to your lungs. In 1946, the USS Whale was decommissioned and later sold for scrapping.

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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