The SS Arthur M. Huddell is a Liberty Ship built in the United States during World War II. The ship’s builder was St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company and it was launched in December 1943. The ship was outfitted in only nine days. During the war, the SS Arthur M. Huddell first carried explosives to London and later, to Oran, Algeria. After the Normandy landings, the ship was converted to a pipe carrier and delivered pipe that was used in the construction of a fuel pipeline in the English Channel and then it carried coal, various types of cargo, and personnel until the end of the war. Once the war was over, the SS Arthur M. Huddell was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California until 1956 when it was transferred to AT&T and used for cable transportation. Many parts of the SS Arthur M. Huddell were heavily lined with asbestos as it made a good insulation material. This hazardous chemical might have exposed the ship's crew to high levels of toxicity. People working in the engine rooms, fire control rooms, boilers, and propulsion rooms were at higher risk of inhaling asbestos and developing correlated lung diseases as the mineral was present in large quantities in these areas.