Laid down by the California Shipbuilding Company in 1944, the SS Clarksdale Victory was built in 86 days under the Emergency Shipbuilding program. The ship was launched one year later, when it was acquired by the U.S. Navy. It was operated by the American President Lines during World War II and served in the Pacific Ocean. For their outstanding activity, the crew of the Naval Armed Guard who was present on the SS Clarksdale Victory received several battle stars. Because there were over 300 different products which contained asbestos on the ship, exposure was bound to occur in everyone who served on it. For this reason, veterans are now at high risk of developing terrible diseases as a result of military asbestos exposure, such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. It is a good idea for people who were aboard the SS Clarksdale Victory to undergo regular medical examination, as they may have developed a disease, since diseases which stem from asbestos exposure take between 20 and 50 years to occur. In 1947, the ship was sunk off the coast of British Columbia.