Navy Tenders / Tugs

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Throughout history, the tender & tug has been an essential part of the United States Navy military operations. During World War II, these tenders & tugs were the homes to thousands of Navy personnel. Along with personnel, each tender & tug contained thousands of pounds of deadly asbestos. This asbestos was supplied by companies that knew the asbestos was dangerous and knew that, eventually, thousands of servicemen would contract terrible diseases from exposure to this mineral. But the companies chose profit over safety and hid those dangers from the navy and the servicemen.

Asbestos was used frequently for the insulation of pipes, boilers, electrical fixtures and hull construction. It was also used as a fire retardant material in many areas aboard ship, including non-skid flooring on decks and on bulk head walls. The worst areas on the tender & tug were in the fire, pump, and engine rooms where insulation covered the pipes and wiring. Some of the personnel most at risk include boiler tenders, electrician's mates, enginemen, machinist mates, pipefitters, and shipfitters.

Many of the companies that supplied asbestos products to the navy have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate navy veterans. If you know someone who has mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your rights.

Below offers a list of some tenders & tugs that were commissioned between 1940 and 1990 and contained risks of asbestos exposure. Personnel aboard any of these ships or civilians that provided shipyard maintenance, repair or deconstruction may have been at risk of asbestos exposure.

United States Navy Tender Listing

USS Acadia (AD-42)
USS Alcor (AD-34)
USS Arcadia (AD-23)
USS Arrowhead (AD-35)
USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36)
USS Canopus (AS-9)
USS Canopus (AS-34)
USS Cape Cod (AD-43)
USS Cascade (AD-16)
USS Dixie (AD-14)
USS Everglades (AD-24)
USS Frontier (AD-25)
USS Grand Canyon (AD-28)            
USS Great Lakes (AD-30)               
USS Holland (AS-32)  
USS Hamul (AD-20)
USS Isle Royale (AD-29)
USS Klondike (AD-22)
USS Markab (AD-21)
USS New England (AD-32)
USS Piedmont (AD-17)
USS Proteus (AS-19)
USS Prairie (AD-15)
USS Puget Sound (AD-38)
USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)
USS Shenandoah (AD-26)
USS Shenandoah (AD-44)
USS Sierra (AD-18)
USS Tidewater (AD-31)
USS Yellowstone (AD-27)
USS Yellowstone (AD-41)
USS Yosemite (AD-19)

United States Navy Tug Listing

USS Abnaki (ATF-96)
USS Alsea (AT-97/ATF-97)
USS Apache (ATF-67)
USS Arapaho (AT-68/ATF-68)
USS Arikara (ATF-98)
USS Bannock (ATF-81)
USS Carib (AT-82)
USS Cherokee (AT-66)
USS Chetco (AT-99)
USS Chickasaw (AT-83)
USS Chippewa (AT-69)
USS Choctaw (AT-70)
USS Chowanoc (ATF-100)
USS Cocopa (ATF-101)
USS Cree (ATF-84)
USS Hidatsa (AT-102)
USS Hitchiti (AT-103)
USS Hopi (AT-71)
USS Jicarilla (AT-104)
USS Kiowa (AT-72)
USS Lipan (AT-85)
USS Mataco (AT-86)
USS Menominee (ATF-73)
USS Moctobi (ATF-105)
USS Molala (ATF-106)
USS Moreno (AT-87)
USS Munsee (ATF-107)
USS Narragansett (AT-88)
USS Nauset (AT-89)
USS Navajo (AT-64)
USS Pakana (ATF-108)
USS Pawnee (ATF-74)
USS Pinto (AT-90)
USS Potawatomi (ATF-109)
USS Quapaw (AT-110)
USS Sarsi (ATF-111)
USS Seminole (AT-65)
USS Seneca (AT-91)
USS Seranno (ATF-112)
USS Sioux (AT-75)
USS Takelma (ATF-113)
USS Tawakoni (ATF-114)
USS Tawasa (AT-92)
USS Tekesta (AT-93)
USS Tenino (ATF-115)
USS Tolowa (AT-116)
USS Tuscarora (AT-77)
USS Ute (AT-76)
USS Wateree (ATF-117)
USS Wenatchee (ATF-118)
USS Yuma (AT-94)
USS Zuni (ATF-95)