The SS Horace H. Lurton was a Liberty Ship built in the United States during World War II. It was named after Horace H. Lurton, an Associate of Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This ship was laid down in July 1943 under a MARCOM contract by J.A. Jones Construction in Brunswick Georgia. After launch, the ship was allocated to the Cosmopolitan Shipping Company. It was transferred to the French Shipping Mission after the war and scrapped in June 1968. Reports indicate that medical evidence dating back to the 1920s has linked asbestos to mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. However, manufacturers and companies refused to acknowledge the link and continued using the toxic material. Work in shipyards often meant exposure to asbestos-containing insulation on steam pipes and boilers and other equipment. As recourse for their suffering, those who were diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases may be entitled to compensation.