The SS Howard E. Coffin was a Liberty Ship built in the United States during World War II. It was named after Howard E. Coffin, a founder of the Hudson Motor Car Company and president of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1910. The ship was laid down in November 1943, under contract, by J.A. Jones Construction in Brunswick, Georgia. After its launch, the ship was allocated to the South Atlantic Steamship Corporation. After the war, it was placed in the reserve fleet at Lee Hall, Virginia, and transferred to the Italian Government in January 1947. It was sold again to a private company out of Genoa and scrapped in 1968.
Asbestos has been used in various applications due to its heat- and fire resistance. Unfortunately, it causes the deadly cancer mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. The shipbuilding industry once used all types of asbestos insulation and fireproofing products to construct and overhaul oceangoing vessels.