SS Ben Robertson Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Ben Robertson was a Liberty Ship built during World War II under a MARCOM contract. The ship’s builder was Southeastern Shipbuilding Co. and it was one of the 88 Liberty Ships built at their yard. The ship was named after Benjamin F. Robertson, a journalist and war correspondent who died in the crash of the flying boat Boeing 314 in February 1943 in the Tagus River. Launched in January 1943, the ship was operated by the A.H. Bull & Co., based in New York City, under WSA contract. The ship survived the war and sold to a private company, renamed, and sent to Greece. It was scrapped in December 1968 at Hirao, Japan.

Studies have shown that asbestos exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. There are no immediate signs of asbestos exposure; it can take 20 to 50 years before symptoms appear. The symptoms of asbestos-related pulmonary issues may include persistent cough, trouble breathing, chest pain, fatigue, and frequent bouts of pneumonia. Because these symptoms can indicate numerous illnesses, your physician will perform diagnostic tests to determine whether you have an asbestos-related disease.

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Shipmates on SS Ben Robertson

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