SS Frank Park Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Frank Park was a Liberty Ship built in the United States during World War II. It was named after Frank Park, a US Representative from Georgia. The ship’s builder was J.A. Jones Construction, based in Brunswick, Georgia. After launch, in July 1944, the ship was allocated to the United States Navigation Company. It was placed in the reserve fleet at Wilmington, North Carolina in June 1950 and sold for scrapping in 1962.

Between World War II and the late-1970s, asbestos was an attractive additive due to its strong ability to resist fire and absorb sound. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and linked to mesothelioma, bronchial cancer, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, bronchial cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and colorectal cancer. These diseases have a long latency period of 20 to 50 years. While exposure may seem like no big deal right now, serious illnesses can onset later in life.

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