The SS Arthur M. Hulbert was a Liberty Ship built by J.A. Jones Construction under a MARCOM contract during World War II and launched in December 1944. After the launch, the ship was transferred to the Alcoa Steamship Corporation. It was placed in the reserve fleet at Beaumont, Texas until 1967 when it was sold for scrapping.
Asbestos is a toxic substance that was used abundantly in the US Navy during most of the 20th century. Toward the end of the 20th century, the government began to enforce safety regulations to limit the use of asbestos and the military stopped the production of new combat ships and military auxiliaries with any material that contained the carcinogenic mineral. However, Navy veterans who served in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s could’ve been exposed due to old ships containing asbestos.