SS Brazil Victory (V-8) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As suggested by the hull number she wore for most of her career, 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. She will then sail to Calcutta, India to take a shipment of cocoa beans and rubber, returning to America via the Atlantic Ocean by passing the Cape of Good Hope, thus completing a near circumnavigation of the globe. Between 1948 and 1950 she will be berthed in Beaumont, Texas, until reactivated for the Korean War. Mostly engaged in transporting cargo and ammunition to Busan, the end of the war will see her return to the reserve fleet until the deteriorating situation in SE Asia will see her recalled in 1966. The Brazil Victory will be active throughout the Vietnam War, decommissioned for a third and final time in 1973.

It is unknown if the ship saw any close calls during her long career, but it is certain that the many men who served on board were put at risk by a more insidious killer: asbestos. The hazardous mineral was used for lining pipes, pumps, and gaskets that ran throughout the ship, but greater concentrations of it could have been found in the engines and propulsion rooms.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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