The SS M. Michael Edelstein was a Liberty ship built at J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida, during World War II. She was named after Morris Michael Edelstein, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 14th district. Liberty ships were a class of freighter ship used by the U.S. Navy to transport troops, goods and materials to and from combat areas. The SS M. Michael Edelstein was laid down on 28 April 1944, under a Maritime Commission contract, and launched on 5 June 1944. Asbestos was considered an ideal substance for it is fireproof, lightweight, and corrosion-proof properties. Consequently, it was used extensively throughout ships built from the late 1930s on. Among those exposed to asbestos during their daily work on a ship, were included damage control men, fire control technicians, electricians, pipefitters, welders, hull maintenance technicians, machinery repairmen. Anyone who served on the SS M. Michael Edelstein should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, and the treatment options available.