SS Claymont Victory Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Claymont Victory was a Type C2 Victory ship-based VC2-S-AP2 troop transport which was laid down by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Corporation in 1944 for the U.S. Army Transportation Corps to serve during World War II. During the conflict, the ship was responsible with carrying troops back home from the European Theatre of Operations. It was sponsored by Mrs. Ruth Holt and was operated on behalf of USAT by Eastern Steamship Lines. Because asbestos was a very popular building material when the SS Claymont Victory was laid down, it unavoidably had numerous asbestos-containing products aboard, whose disturbance greatly endangered the health of the people serving on the ship. Asbestos exposure can cause awful diseases within 20 to 50 years, such as lung cancer. It occurs when one inhales or ingests asbestos fibers from the air which, in the U.S. Navy, would be released by various work activities. The SS Claymont Victory was put out of service in 1971.

Everyone who served on the SS Claymont Victory inhaled the asbestos fibers and is at risk for developing lung disease

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room
  • Plotting Rooms
  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room
  • Deck
  • Trasmitter Room
  • Junior Officers Quarters
  • Sick Bay
  • Reefer
  • Pilot House
  • Admiral's Cabin
  • Galley
  • Mess Deck

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Shipmates on SS Claymont Victory


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