The SS Benjamin H. Hill was a Liberty class ship built by J.A. Jones Construction in Brunswick, California under a Maritime Commission Contract. The ship was named after the Confederate senator and US Representative Benjamin H. Hill. After the launch in February 1944, the ship was allocated to the A.L. Burbank Company to be operated throughout the war. After the war, the vessel was laid up in the national reserve fleet in the James River Group. Between 1954 and 1963, the SS Benjamin H. Hill was withdrawn from the fleet and re-placed multiple times to be used as a grain transporter. It was sold in February 1973 for scrapping. Known for its strength, durability, heat resistance, and ability to provide these properties when mixed in with other materials, asbestos is the name given for a family of naturally occurring minerals. Back before the1980s, asbestos was favored for its beneficial properties in the construction and manufacturing industries. Asbestos trust funds provide vital compensation for Navy veterans or former shipyard workers diagnosed with lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related diseases even after the company that exposed those workers to asbestos filed for bankruptcy.