The SS Frederick Bartholdi was a Liberty Ship built by the United States to be used for war operations during World War II. It was named after Frederick Bartholdi, a French sculptor, best known for designing the Statue of Liberty. The ship was laid down in August 1943 under a MARCOM contract by J.A. Jones Construction in Brunswick, Georgia. It was allocated to the West India Steamship Company after launch. Just a month later, the ship ran aground near Skye, Scotland while transporting general cargo to London, and it was declared a constructive total loss. It was refloated, had its cargo salvaged, and subsequently towed to the River Clyde. It was scrapped in September 1944 at Kames Bay. While experts acknowledged that asbestos could lead to health problems, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that a widespread consensus arose around the dangers of asbestos. Many asbestos-related illnesses take decades to develop. Navy veterans who were exposed years ago are just now developing life-threatening illnesses. If you served in the Navy prior to 1980, you could be entitled to compensation, including for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If your family has lost a loved one due to an asbestos-related illness, your family may also be able to seek compensation.