SS Hobbs Victory Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Hobbs Victory, a cargo Victory ship was launched on January 9, 1945, and was built within 87 days. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 62 merchant marine and 28 US naval armed guards and had its main missions at Ulithi, Okinawa, and Kuba Island. No area on the ship was considered safe, however, the engine rooms generally had the highest amount of asbestos-containing insulation products. Pipes throughout the ship were covered with asbestos lagging and these passed over the bunks placed in the sleeping quarters. The ship sank on April 6, 1945, at Kerama Islands, Okinawa while in battle.  

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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