USS Yorktown (CV-5) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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Considering the period when it was built, the Yorktown-class Aircraft Carrier is one of the vessels that contained asbestos in their components like valves, turbines, pumps or even the electrical component. Also, the engine and boiler rooms, due to their poor ventilation, contained the highest concentration of asbestos, which, once inhaled, caused severe problems in the lung area.  The ship was commissioned in 1937, measured 824 feet in length and carried over 2,100 men on board and 90 aircraft. It was built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-5 and was in active service for 5 years before being sunk in 1942. Companies that provided the contaminated products were aware of the exposure risk but never mentioned about it. So, people who suffer now accordingly, are entitled to sue them in order to receive compensation for their costs spent with their disease.

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