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

SS Greece Victory (V-2)

The Greece Victory was the second ship in the Victory-class to be built. Completed in April 1944, she was built to serve in the Pacific during WWII and later in the Korean War. She took supplies to the Russell Islands and Guadalcanal and supported the US troops during the capture of Tulagi in May 1944. She was active for a little over two years in Korea, between November 1950 and December 1952, helping the 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. Later, she became part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet and was laid up in Olympia, Washington, and Mobile, Alabama. In 1972, she was scrapped in Oregon. 

The Greece Victory was built using asbestos, the toxic mineral lining its interior. Virtually all the 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 significantly higher risks. Due to this toxic exposure, many former crewmen have been diagnosed with severe lung conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. 

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Shipmates on SS Greece Victory (V-2)