The SS Davidson Victory, a Victory ship built during World War II was launched by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation on February 27, 1945, with the hull number 172. The ship served as a floating ammunition depot and had its main missions in Ulithi and the Philippines. Until 1948, the ship transported foodstuffs and other cargo to Japan and was later acquired by the US Department of Commerce. The ship was scrapped in 1968 at Portland, Oregon. For many years, asbestos was considered a useful component of shipbuilding materials because of its flexibility, durability, and resistance to heat, fire, and corrosion.
When asbestos fibers are breathed in or swallowed, they can cause a great deal of damage to the body's tissues. No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, and a person can suffer serious harm due to long-term exposure to materials containing this substance. Prolonged exposure to asbestos is incredibly harmful, and it can lead to cancer, lung disease, and other life-threatening conditions.