The SS Brazil Victory was the eight ship of her class to be built under the Emergency Shipbuilding program. After her completion and crewing in May-June 1944, the SS Brazil Victory undertook a voyage to Melbourne, Australia with cargo destined for the Pacific War. Afterward, she sailed to Calcutta, India to take a shipment of cocoa beans and rubber. Between 1948 and 1950, the SS Brazil Victory was berthed in Beaumont, Texas. After that, it resumed service due to the Korean War. Mostly engaged in transporting cargo and ammunition to Busan, the end of the war saw her return to the reserve fleet. The SS Brazil Victory was also active throughout the Vietnam War. Afterward, it was decommissioned in 1973.
Just like any other ship of its class, the SS Brazil Victory contained asbestos. This hazardous mineral was used for lining the pipes, pumps, and gaskets, but greater concentrations of it could have been found in the engines and propulsion rooms. As a result of working in an environment that was contaminated with asbestos, many former crewmen developed severe lung diseases. Once this toxic substance reaches the lungs, the damage is irreparable and, therefore, those who have been exposed to this hazard decades ago, are entitled to compensation today.
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