The SS Mexico Victory was built by the California Shipbuilding Company and it left the yard on March 27, 1944 with the hull designation number V-7. It was the seventh ship of the Victory-class. Spending the war in the Pacific, the SS Mexico Victory was one of the 96 ships to be converted into a troop transport ship. Under operation Magic Carpet, it made two voyages between the US East Coast and Europe. Between 1950 and 1953, the SS Mexico served in the Korean War as a troop and cargo vessel. In 1967, the ship was sold to the Gdynia-America shipping lines of Gdansk and renamed SS Kilinsky. The vessel was acquired by Poul Christensen of Denmark in 1967. Like many other ships from its class, this one also ended up being scrapped in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1973.
Asbestos was heavily used throughout the SS Mexico Victory as a construction material. Therefore, virtually, none of the crew members was entirely safe from inhaling the dangerous mineral. However, some areas presented a higher risk of exposure; the engine and propulsion rooms, the damage control room, or the boiler room. Those who were exposed to the hazardous substance could have developed potentially life-threatening lung conditions as asbestos causes irreversible damage to the respiratory system.