The SS David E. Hughes was a Liberty Ship built during World War II by the United States. Named after David E. Hughes, an American musician, professor, and inventor, the ship was built by the California Shipbuilding Corporation at their shipyards in Los Angeles, California, and launched in May 1943. The ship survived the war but was scuttled in 1970.
The SS David E. Hughes is one of the vessels that contained asbestos in its components. When materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed through daily use or maintenance, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. Once inhaled, these fibers become trapped in the lungs and over long periods of time, can cause inflammation, scarring and diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural effusion, and diffuse pleural thickening.