SS Greece Victory (V-2) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The Greece Victory was the second ship in her class to ever be built. Completed on April 1944 by the California Shipbuilding Company she was to serve in the Pacific during WWII and later the Korean War. She took supplies to the Russell Islands and Guadalcanal and supported US troops during the capture of Tulagi in May 1944. She will be active for a little over two years in Korea, between November 1950 and December 1952, helping UN forces repel successive North Korean and Chinese offensives. A little while after, the Greece Victory was tasked with taking supplies to US arctic research teams. It is not known when she was laid up, but we do have records that her radio call sign in 1956 was KWLT. In 1972, she is reported as scrapped in Oregon.

Around that time, the Navy was engaged in retiring or retrofitting ships where asbestos was used in their construction. The Greece Victory made no exception, with the toxic mineral lining many sections of its interior. Virtually all members of her crew were at risk of inhaling the harmful dust but people working in the engine rooms, pump room, boiler room and damage control room faced a significantly higher threat.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on SS Greece Victory (V-2)


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