SS Morgantown Victory Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Laid down by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards in 1944 under the Emergency Shipbuilding program, the SS Morgantown Victory was named after the Morgantown city of West Virginia. It was responsible for transporting cargo to the troops fighting in World War II, but the ship also participated in the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. The ship was owned by the War Shipping Administration. Because it was built with asbestos, exposure was bound to occur in everyone who was present on the SS Morgantown Victory, which may lead to awful diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma within 20 to 50 years. Because diseases which stem from asbestos exposure have a long latency period, it was only recently that veterans began developing health problems. The heaviest asbestos exposure on the ship occurred in the pump room, the engine room, the propulsion room and the damage control room. As diseases which develop as a result of asbestos exposure are asymptomatic in their early phases, it is a good idea for veterans to undergo regular medical examination to timely find out about a potential disease they may have developed. In 1984, the SS Morgantown Victory was brought to the Port of Kaohsiung and scrapped.

Everyone who served on the SS Morgantown Victory inhaled the asbestos fibers and is at risk for developing lung disease

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room
  • Plotting Rooms
  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room
  • Deck
  • Trasmitter Room
  • Junior Officers Quarters
  • Sick Bay
  • Reefer
  • Pilot House
  • Admiral's Cabin
  • Galley
  • Mess Deck

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