Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation (BethShip)

The Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, commonly known as BethShip, was once one of the largest shipyard companies in the United States, with over 15 shipyards across various states. During its busiest times during World War II, BethShip was also considered the most profitable shipyard company in the nation. Yet, as with most shipyard companies in the past, BethShip relied heavily on asbestos for numerous years, leading to an insurmountable amount of asbestos-related illnesses.

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Bethlehem Shipyard aerial view

Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation History

The Bethlehem Steel Corporation Shipbuilding Division was created in 1907 by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation after it bought the Union Iron Works shipyard. It started out in Quincy, Massachusetts, but in the 1960s, moved to Sparrows Point, Maryland.

According to story from Time magazine, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation was considered the no. 1 shipbuilding companies in the 1940s, when compared to the “Big 3 U.S.” shipbuilders that were able to build any type of vessel.

Shipbuilding continued at BethShip until 1997, when the corporation decided to focus more in its steel operations. However, prior to its closing and for numerous years, BethShip relied on asbestos in an exorbitant amount of products, equipment, and machinery, leading to thousands of asbestos-related illnesses and deaths.

Asbestos Products at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyards

Workers all over Bethlehem facilities were once exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. For example, maintenance workers routinely tore out and replaced asbestos-containing insulation and worked with Raybestos cloths, made out of asbestos. Boiler and engine room workers were constantly around machinery and equipment made with asbestos-containing products, and welders worked around gaskets and other products filled with asbestos.

Numerous contractors were hired to install asbestos-containing products, such as cement, insulation, and blocks. One company in particular, McCormick Asbestos Company, not only supplied large amounts of asbestos-containing products, but also sent its own employees and contractors to install the products. McCormick Asbestos Company is one of the many asbestos manufacturers that faced a plethora of asbestos-related lawsuits after people began developing fatal illnesses, including asbestos-related lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation Ignores Safety Standards

Although the United States Navy provide a booklet in 1943, with a a set of safety guidelines for the safe use of asbestos, BethShip ignored the guidelines and continued to recklessly use asbestos in excessive amounts. In fact, BethShip didn’t even provide respirators to its workers and failed to properly ventilate areas that were known to contain high amounts of asbestos.

Shipyards Owned by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation

  • Bethlehem Wilmington (Wilmington, DE.)
  • Hunter’s Point Dry Docks (San Francisco, CA.)
  • Bethlehem Sparrow’s Point Shipyard (Sparrow’s Point, MD.)
  • Union Iron Works (San Francisco, CA.)
  • Fore River Shipyard (Quincy, MA.)
  • Bethlehem Elizabethport (Elizabethport, NJ)
  • Alameda Works Shipyard (Alameda,CA.)
  • Victory Plant Shipyard (Quincy, MA.)
  • Bethlehem Mariners Harbor (Staten Island, NY)
  • Bethlehem Southwest Marine Terminal Shipyard (San Pedro,CA)
  • Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard (Baltimore, MD)
  • Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard (Hingham, MA)
  • Bethlehem Atlantic Works (Boston, MA)
  • Bethlehem Brooklyn Shipyard (Brookln, NY)
  • Hoboken Shipyard (Hoboken, NJ)
  • Bayonne Naval Drydock (Bayonne, NJ)
  • Bethlehem Pennsylvania Shipyards (Beaumont, TX)

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