The SS Albert K. Smiley was a Liberty Ship built under a Maritime Contract by J.A. Jones Construction in Brunswick, Georgia, and sponsored by Mrs. Harry. A. Straus. After its launch in November 1944, the ship was allocated to International Freighting Corporation and remained in service until it was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Mobile, Alabama, in December 1948. It was sold for scrapping to First Steel and Ship Corporation in February 1964. The toxic effects of asbestos were known almost as soon as the natural mineral entered widespread use. In the 1960s, scientific links between asbestos and serious health effects such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma were proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Even so, production reached an all-time high of 803,000 metric tonnes in 1973. If you or your family member is the victim of asbestos exposure while serving in the Navy, it’s important to seek help from a trusted and experienced legal professional who has experience in the field.