Brooklyn Navy Yard posed cancer risk for those exposed to asbestos
The Brooklyn Navy Yard built ships for the American Navy beginning in 1798.
This Navy Yard ultimately built the first steam-powered naval embarkation in 1837.
This was followed by the Niagara, which installed the very first cable across the Atlantic.
For a period of time, in the 1920s, the Brooklyn Navy Yard experienced a slowdown if its business.
It rebounded, however, in the following decade, with the mammouth undertaking of erecting numerous, huge battleships.
This work ultimately earned the Brooklyn Navy Yard the distiniction of being the most important battleship building facility in the United States.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard's high output required it to hire a huge base of workers to complete the shipbuilding efforts.
When World War II broke out, the shipyard began the repair of not just U.S. ships but also those from Britain.
In doing so, it ultimately grew to be one of the highest volume industries in New York State.
This was the most profitable time for the Brooklyn Navy Yard in its history.
By the mid '60s, the need for warships slowed, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard closed its doors.
Despite its output and the great speed and dedication of its workers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard's business contained an ultimately tragic postscript.
The shipbuilding trade had used a great deal of asbestos during the time the Brooklyn Navy Yard was in operation.
At that time, the public at large, and the workers who toiled with asbestos, were largely uninformed of how dangerous it was to a person's health.
Legal documents reveal that soem of the owners of such navy yards deliberately hid the fact that asbestos can cause cancer and respiratory problems.
In effect, some of these business owners were responsible for the ill health of thousands of people, many of who were later diagnosed with abestos-related conditions such as mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis--a serious lung ailment, and lung cancer.
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