SS Henry R. Schoolcraft Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Henry R. Schoolcraft was a Liberty Ship built during World War II. Named in the honor of the American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the ship was laid down by Permanente Metals Corporation in December 1943 and launched later that month. The vessel operated under the control of the Army Transportation Service until 1947 when it was sold to an unknown private party. The ship was wrecked and scrapped in 1967.

Asbestos exposure can lead to many health problems, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestosis is scarring and inflammation of the lungs caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness and chest pain, and in more advanced cases, clubbed fingertips. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen, and is exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos.

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