The SS Drexel Victory, a Victory-class cargo ship was built during World War II by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California. The ship was laid down on February 25, 1945, and helped in the transport of supplies to the Pacific nations. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 62 Merchant Marine and 28 US Naval Armed Guards. Asbestos exposure was common in poorly-ventilated boiler rooms and engineering spaces of such ships. On its way to Yokohama, Japan, the ship struck the Columbia Bar just hard enough to break up in the middle, between the cargo holds numbered 4 and 5. As a result, the ship sank without loss of life.