The SS Charles S. Haight was a Liberty Ship built and used by the United States during World War II. The ship was built at the J.A. Jones Construction’s shipyards in Brunswick, Georgia under a Maritime Commission contract in August 1944. The ship was allocated to Marine Transport Lines, Inc. soon after the launch and it was grounded in April 1947 near Rockport, Massachusetts. It was later sold to a private owner for scrapping.
The US Navy relied on asbestos materials for decades. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, asbestos exposure risk was greatest for those veterans who were involved in working on ships or in shipyards; working on equipment such as electrical wiring, pipes, pumps, valves, and turbines, as boiler technicians, damage controlmen, electrician’s mates, fire control technicians, gunner’s mates, hull maintenance technicians, machinery repairmen, pipefitters, radiomen, seabees, and welders.