The SS Gouverneur Morris was a Liberty Ship built during World War II. The ship was named in honor of Governor Morris, a Founding Father of the United States and author of larger sections of the United States Constitution. The vessel was launched in April 1943 and transferred to the Soviet Union later that year where it was renamed the Leningrad. It was scrapped in 1974.
Known for its heat-resistant and insulating properties, asbestos was widely used in the marine sector in its processed form. Thousands of Navy veterans breathed in asbestos fibers every day, without knowing the harm they could cause decades later. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the SS Gouverneur Morris, compensation benefits are available to you through the VA.