Taking an unusually long time to complete for a ship of its class, the SS Baton Rouge (MCV-846) was ready for duty on September 24th, 1945, nearly twenty days after the Japanese surrendered. She was employed by the American Export Line for overdue assignments - that is hauling cargo, mainly Canadian timber, whose transport was postponed due to the war. She operated from both the East and West coasts of the US during this time. As a notable incident, she was involved in a ship-to-ship collision off San Francisco on November 29, 1946, but no crew members were hurt in the incident and both vessels were quickly repaired.
The asbestos lining in most areas of the ship might have done its own share of victims via the various lung disorders this mineral can contribute to. Members of the crew facing the biggest threat were working in the engine and propulsion rooms, pump room, and damage control room.