Books about Asbestos Use by the U.S. Navy (Before 1970)

This category page lists old Navy books, manuals, and related documents that describe the use of asbestos by the United States Navy from pre-World War I to the 1960s

If you're looking for information about more recent use, we have that too: U.S. Navy (1970-2014)

Aircraft Welding: Navy Training Courses Navpers 10322-A

Aircraft Welding: Navy Training Courses Navpers 10322-A (1953)
Book about welding airplane parts. Asbestos use mentioned in several chapters. U.S. Navy training manual for the Aviation Structural Mechanic rating.

Marine Engine and Fire Room Guide

Marine Engine and Fire Room Guide (1943)
Detailed chart lists when asbestos packings are used for specific services and joints.

Modern Marine Pipefitting

Modern Marine Pipefitting (1942)
WWII era book about ship building. Asbestos used on ships.

Instructions Relative to Heat Insulation

Instructions Relative to Heat Insulation (1939)
U.S. Navy. Section on 85% Magnesia. Specific instructions on what should be insulated and how old magnesia can be re-used.

Naval Boilers

Naval Boilers (1950)
United States Naval Institute. Asbestos mentioned in sections about boiler casings and anchor bolts. Illustration of boiler casing fabrication.

Fireman: Navy Training Manual

Fireman: Navy Training Manual (1963)
Asbestos gaskets, asbestos packing, asbestos suits, asbestos gloves.

Electrical Insulation: Its Application to Shipboard Electrical Equipment

Electrical Insulation: Its Application to Shipboard Electrical Equipment (1951)
Book printed for U.S. Navy use. Asbestos insulation products, asbestos insulation for wires, motors, and more.

Okonite Insulated Wires and Cables for Marine Needs Brief Catalog

Okonite Insulated Wires and Cables for Marine Needs Brief Catalog (1944)
WWII era catalog describes Okonite cables for marine use on Navy ships and other vessels. Asbestos insulation and protective coverings.

Principles of Naval Engineering

Principles of Naval Engineering (1961)
U.S. Navy book. Asbestos gaskets and asbestos packing are described. Also asbestos use as an insulator.

B. F. Goodrich Flooring Products Catalog

B. F. Goodrich Flooring Products Catalog (1960)
Koroseal Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile and Fire-Retardant Koroseal Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile. The latter is recommended for Navy and ship use.

Collyer Insulated Wire Co Advertisement

Collyer Insulated Wire Co Advertisement (1944)
Asbestos insulated wire for shipboard cables. Ad says that their products were used by the U.S. Navy and shipbuilders everywhere.

Chicago Metal Hose Corp Advertisement

Chicago Metal Hose Corp Advertisement
REX-TUBE Flexible Metal Hose contained asbestos and met U.S. Navy Spec.

American Brass Company Catalog

American Brass Company Catalog (1942)
Asbestos packed metal hose and tubing. Made to U.S. Navy specifications.

Fireman: Navy Training Courses

Fireman: Navy Training Courses (1951)
This 1950s Navy publication has information about asbestos gaskets, asbestos packing, and an asbestos suit used in firefighting.

Nomenclature of Naval Vessels

Nomenclature of Naval Vessels (1942)
Asbestos is listed as one of the materials extensively used for gaskets.

Naval Engineers Journal, August 1964, Volume 76, Number 4

Naval Engineers Journal, August 1964, Volume 76, Number 4 (1964)
Advertisements for Johns-Manville and Buffalo Forge Company

Aircraft Propellers: Navy Training Manual

Aircraft Propellers: Navy Training Manual (1951)
Copper-asbestos gasket use, and asbestos insulation for conduits.

Builder 3 & 2: Navy Training Course Manual

Builder 3 & 2: Navy Training Course Manual (1948)
Training Manual for the Seabees in the Construction Battalions. Asbestos cement pipe or Transite pipe for pipe lines.

Machinist's Mate 2c: Navy Training Course

Machinist's Mate 2c: Navy Training Course (1938)
Asbestos use in Compressed Air Plants, Distilling Plants, and Piping Systems.

Machinist's Mate 1 & C: Navy Training Manual

Machinist's Mate 1 & C: Navy Training Manual (1955)
Asbestos packing and asbestos suits.

Design for Growth: The Story of National Gypsum Company

Design for Growth: The Story of National Gypsum Company (1960)
Asbestos Siding and Roofing, Corrugated Roofing and Siding, Rigid and Flexible Flat Sheets, Insulated Curtain Walls

Instructions for the Operation and Maintenance of Pumps

Instructions for the Operation and Maintenance of Pumps (1944)
Asbestos packing used for steam and hot water pumps.

Engineering Materials

Engineering Materials (1954)
United States Naval Academy. Asbestos is described as an insulating material along with pictures of Silica-Asbestos-Magnesia and Asbestos Paper. Asbestos filler for plastics.

Airman: Navy Training Manual

Airman: Navy Training Manual (1965)
Asbestos fiber used on the exhaust cone and asbestos hood & gloves used during firefighting.

Damage Controlman 3 & 2: Navy Training Course

Damage Controlman 3 & 2: Navy Training Course (1964)
Vinyl Asbestos Tile for decks, asbestos used in plastics, asbestos firefighting suit.

Utilities Man 3 & 2: Navy Training Courses

Utilities Man 3 & 2: Navy Training Courses (1949)
Training Book for Seabees. Sections on Asbestos Lagging and Packing. Used of asbestos gasket for steam, exhaust, and oil lines.

Instructions for the Operation, Care, and Repair of Compressed Air Plants (Chapter 49 - Bureau of Ships Manual)

Instructions for the Operation, Care, and Repair of Compressed Air Plants (Chapter 49 - Bureau of Ships Manual) (1944)
World War II era Navy manual says that asbestos gaskets were used on air compressors and air valves.

Instructions Relative to Piping, Fittings, and Packing

Instructions Relative to Piping, Fittings, and Packing (1941)
United States Navy. Packing identification numbers. Recommendations for asbestos packing use. Asbestos Gasket use.

The Bluejackets' Manual

The Bluejackets' Manual (1968)
Specific information about the asbestos suit and the proximity fire-fighting suit

Instructions for the Operation and Maintenance of Boilers

Instructions for the Operation and Maintenance of Boilers (1943)
U.S. Navy. World War II (WWII) era manual. Asbestos gaskets were used for marine boilers.

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