Launched on May 31, 1945, the SS Lane Victory was to enjoy a long and illustrious career both as a Victory-class transport supplying American troops in all major conflicts fought in East Asia as well as a living history museum and movie prop. Due to its excellent condition, a decision to preserve the ship was taken in 1988, and around the same time the SS Lane Victory was renovated and most of the asbestos originally used in its construction removed. As a national landmark and living museum, the still sea-worthy vessel is operated by the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II.
Asbestos was once viewed as the miracle material for its resistance to heat and most chemicals. As a result, it was widely used in shipyards, boiler rooms, and submarines, despite the dangers it presented to military personnel. If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the SS Lane Victory, you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, in which case you should schedule an appointment with your doctor and request a chest X-ray or CT scan.