SS J.H. Drummond Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS J.H. Drummond was a Liberty Ship that was built in the United States during World War II. Named after James Hubert Drummond, the former Mayor of St. Andrews, Florida, the ship was laid down at the J.A. Jones Construction’s shipyards in Panama City, Florida, and launched in June 1944. The ship was reassigned to the American Export Lines after launch and later placed in the reserve fleet, Hudson River Group. It was sold for commercial use in 1947 and remained in service until June 1966, having been sold several times in the meantime, when it ran aground due to unfavorable weather conditions. It was eventually scrapped at Yokosuka, Japan. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals that is of a fibrous consistency. It has been used across industries for centuries, as it is resistant to heat, corrosion, and excellent insulation material, both for acoustic and thermal properties. In the shipbuilding industry, asbestos fibers were commonly used as an insulating material for boilers, pipework, and bulkheads. It has been also incorporated into flooring materials, gaskets, and electrical wires.

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