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Pearl Harbor Shipyard

Facilities lining the Pacific Ocean became naval ports throughout the 1800s. Pearl Harbor, also known as “Wai-Momi” (meaning “Water of the Pearl” or “Pearl Water”), interested the US government for a new naval port as early as 1820. Expansion of the site continued through the years, adding a coaling station in 1842. The US Navy was looking for a site to produce much needed steel warships and in 1891 Congress was pressed by President Harrison to improve Pearl Harbor as a naval station for the US Navy. An Act was passed in 1908 to officially claim Pearl Habor Navy Yard as territory of Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor proved to be crucial in the defense of the US’s West Coast during wartime. While the naval station had seen a great deal of growth during WWI, the growth slowed during the great depression.

By 1940, the relations between the US and Japan had begun to deteriorate, pushing the US to establish training operations at the Pearl Harbor base. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, causing the US to become a part of WWII.

Pearl Harbor is located on the southern shore of the island of Oahu and is the largest shipyard between the West Coast and the Far East. The base spans over approximately 308 acres and has a civilian work force of around 4, 255 people and a military personnel of around 700 people. The largest industrial employer in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is a historical site that has shaped our country’s past and future.

If you or a loved one has been affected by asbestos exposure while working on a shipyard, you have the right to seek legal counsel in order to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Your employer is responsible for providing you with a safe working environment. If your employer’s negligence has caused your injuries, contact an attorney immediately. The Mesothelioma Lawyers of Williams Hart are ready to assist you. Call 800-781-3955 to schedule your free initial consultation.

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