Page Updated: June 12, 2019

Patrol Boats and Asbestos

A patrol boat is a small vessel that served a number of purposes during the nation’s major wars. However, their small size didn’t exempt these vessels from asbestos. Many asbestos-containing products were used to construct patrol boats, which led to veterans developing toxic diseases such as asbestos-related lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to considerable compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more. 

Patrol Torpedo Boat of the PT-103


About Patrol Boats

Patrols were built after corvette vessels became obsolete. In the U.S. Navy, patrol boats had a primary function to carry sailors and their supplies through rivers and along the coast. Patrol boats were also small enough to perform stealth military missions.

There were numerous different patrol boat designs. Each vessel served a specific purpose for the Navy. Some patrol boats were built to find and destroy submarines during World War II, while others help escort people to safety during wartime. Other patrol boats guard the coast against smugglers and for anti-piracy purposes. Different types of patrol boats used in the U.S. Navy include:

  • Patrol Craft Coastal
  • Hydrofoil Vessels
  • Submarine Chasers
  • Patrol Craft Escort
  • Patrol Craft Rescue Escort
  • Patrol Craft Sweeper
  • Eagle-Class Patrol Craft
  • Patrol Frigate
  • Patrol Gunboat
  • Motor Gunboat
  • River Gunboat
  • Patrol Torpedo Boat
  • Patrol Yacht
  • Coastal Patrol Yacht
  • Submarine Chaser

Patrol boats were used during both World War I and World War II. The boats were in high demand and in order to construct them quickly, the military armed motorboats and trawlers with machine guns and other weapons in a fast pace. Asbestos was used for its ease of use, its ability to mix well with other products, and its high resistance to fire and extreme heat.

Currently, patrol boats are most often used for leisure trips and fishing. The boats are generally around 100 feet, and have the ability to carry firearms such as machine guns and artillery guns.

Patrol Boats: The Most Common Warship

Patrol ships are not only small, but they are cheap to build, which makes these types of vessels one of the most common across the world. Most countries throughout the world used patrol boats during major wars, and use them today to patrol large rivers and open oceans.

Patrol Boats and Asbestos

Although patrol boats are small when compared to other vessels, they were still constructed with large amounts of asbestos-containing products. The U.S. military stated that more than 300 asbestos-containing products were used in vessels prior to strict regulations put on its use in the 1970s.

Asbestos-containing products were used in various areas all over patrol boats, and anyone that worked on patrol boats in the past or were even aboard or around them are a heightened risk of developing life-threatening diseases. This includes crew members, maintenance workers, construction workers, electricians, painters and more.

Help and Resources for Mesothelioma Victims

Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the top leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. Keep in mind that if you have mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for considerable compensation. For additional assistance or questions, contact us at 800-793-4540.