The SS Elihu Root was a Liberty Ship that was built in the United States during World War II. It was named after Elihu Root, a US Senator from New York, US Secretary of War, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The SS Elihu Root was built under a MARCOM contract by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida, and launched in May 1943. After launch, the ship was allocated to Agwilines, Inc to be operated throughout the war and placed in the reserve fleet, Hudson River Group in June 1946. Starting From May 1953 to March 1963, the ship was withdrawn from the fleet several times to be used as a grain transporter. In October 1969, the SS Elihu Root was sold to Union Minerals & Alloys Corporation for scrapping. For decades, asbestos was a common material in a wide range of different industries, including shipbuilding. Workers and veterans who served on board Navy ships, performed their jobs totally unaware of the danger asbestos posed to their health. Many Navy veterans have suffered adverse health effects due to exposure and trusts have been established to compensate those affected. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma or other life-threatening illnesses after coming into contact with asbestos, you might be entitled to compensation.