SS Alexander Macomb Areas With Asbestos Exposure

SS Alexander Macomb

The SS Alexander Macomb was a Liberty Ship built in the United States to be used during World War II. The ship’s builder was Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland and it was operated by the United States Merchant Marine. The ship was named after the American General Alexander Macomb, known for his great leadership abilities in the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1812. On its first mission, the ship loaded cargo made of Sherman tanks, P-38 aircraft, and explosives from New York and sailed towards Halifax as part of the convoy BX 27. It was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine 200 miles east of Orleans Massachusetts, losing 10 crewmen in the process. Since the early 1980s, many companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products have filed for bankruptcy after facing numerous asbestos lawsuits, alleging that they did not have enough money to sustain all the current and projected claims, so filing for bankruptcy allowed them a level of protection from asbestos lawsuits. We are a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide quality assistance to Navy veterans struck down by a hidden, dangerous and ubiquitous product, asbestos.

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