By M. Dion Thompson


  June 9, 1990   A Baltimore Circuit Court jury has awarded 10 former and current shipyard workers $11.3 million after finding that the workers' asbestos-related health problems were caused by negligence on the part of two asbestos manufacturers.
  The month-long trial, presided over by Judge John Carroll Byrnes, ended Thursday with the jury's verdict against Celotex and the Manville Corp. Disease Compensation Fund. The 10 men who brought the suit against the asbestos manufacturers worked primarily at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard, though they also worked at the company's Key Highway and Fairfield shipyards.
  Some of the men worked at the shipyards for more than 30 years, from the 1940s to the 1970s. One of the men in the case still works at Sparrows Point.
   All of the men alleged they contracted asbestosis, a scarring of the lung tissue, because of their exposure to asbestos products.
   According to court records, one of the men said he saw so many boxes of Johns Manville asbestos products at the shipyards that the company's name stuck in his mind. The jury deliberated two days before deciding to award damages to each plaintiff that range from $360,000 to $2 million.
  Harold Adams was awarded $360,000, Stanley R. Ball was awarded $420,000, Crockett Brewster was awarded $510,000, George Farmer was awarded $540,000, Kenneth Perkins was awarded $690,000 and William Beeks was awarded $750,000.
  Hastings Campbell, Ronald Cox, George Foster and Ned Stanton were awarded $2 million each.