The SS Bucknell Victory was a Victory-class armed cargo ship built by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California in just 70 days during World War II. The ship was laid down on December 27, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 62 Merchant Marine and 28 US Naval Armed Guards and transported cargo to support the troops in the Pacific War. The ship also served as a merchant marine ship and supplied goods for the Korean War.
The ship was laid up at Suisun Bay in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in 1973 and was scrapped in the year 1994 in China. Hundreds of products used in U.S. Navy ships during the last century contained asbestos. For most of this time, the manufacturers were well-aware that the substance is dangerous but still refused to issue health warnings. We strongly advise veterans who were present on the SS Bucknell Victory to undergo annual medical examinations so as to make sure the asbestos fibers they inhaled onboard have not caused any damage to their lungs.