The SS Edward R. Squibb was a Liberty Ship built in the United States during World War II, under a MARCOM contract by J.A. Jones Construction in Brunswick, California. The ship was launched in October 1944 and allocated to India Steamship Corporation to be operated throughout the war. It was placed in the reserve fleet in Beaumont, Texas, in October 1948 and then sold for scrapping, in 1971, to Luria Brothers & Co., Inc. Asbestos has a high tensile strength that allows it to be flexible and has a high resistance to heat and most chemicals, which made is why it was used in many products. Asbestos is only dangerous when it has been broken into microscopic particles because these particles can enter the lungs causing many health problems. When asbestos particles enter the lung and get lodged in the very narrow bronchioles causes sections of the lung to be irritated. Prolonged exposure to asbestos may cause numerous forms of cancer, which takes anywhere from 10 to 40 years to develop. The cancers most associated with asbestos are lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.