Ship being broken up, Grangemouth

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Circa 1930
View of a ship's boiler room showing a boiler and associated pipework. Beyond it is a control room with a number of gauges. The superstructure and upper decks have already been removed and now the boiler room, which is at the deepest point in a ship's hull, is open to daylight.
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Production date
Circa 1930
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The steam pipes connected to the boiler have been lagged to insulate them. This insulation contained asbestos the dust of which can cause fatal lung damage, although this was not known at this time. Many in shipbreaking suffered as a result and the sites became contaminated.
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