The SS Daniel Webster was a Liberty Ship built and used by the United States during World War II. It was named after Daniel Webster, an American politician. The ship was built at the South Portland Shipbuilding Corporation’s shipyards in South Portland, Maine. The ship was hit by a torpedo in January 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea and abandoned on the coast. It was recovered four years later and scrapped.
The SS Daniel Webster is one of the thousands of Navy ships where many service members suffered significant asbestos exposures. Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious respiratory diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. If you served in the U.S Navy and participated in duties such as the construction, overhaul or repair of the ships, chances are you were exposed to asbestos. Even if you are a Navy veteran retired 40 years ago, you may be feeling the effects of asbestos for the first time today.