The HMS Dacres (K472) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort originally laid down on April 7, 1943, as USS Duffy DE-268 and launched on May 19, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom and served there for 3 years as HMS Dacres K472 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on January 26, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 156 people on board. After the return, the ship was sold for scrapping the same year.
From World War II through the 1970s, the shipbuilding industry used asbestos when constructing Navy vessels. While the insulation and fireproofing properties of asbestos made this substance useful when constructing ships, numerous individuals who worked in the shipping industry between the 1930s up to mid-1970s have become seriously ill or died as a result of asbestos exposure. Those who work in dismantling or repairing these old ships still face a risk for lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another asbestos-related disease.