SS Northeastern Victory (MCV-735) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Named after the Northeastern University of Boston and her class, the Northeastern Victory is laid on March 28, 1945 to be finished just 96 days later. She will be operated under the Merchant Marine Act by the American-Hawaiian SS Company in the Atlantic, delivering cargo to Allied occupation forces in Europe. Her career will be a short one however, as she will run aground about five miles from the South Foreland Lighthouse during a storm on Christmas Eve 1946. Quite notably, her captain and seven officers choose to stay with the ship some hours after it becomes clear that she is unsalvageable, with the violent sea literally breaking her in two. Sections of the ship will drift 100 yards apart but everyone still on board is rescued thanks to the efforts of the crew on a Walmer lifeboat. Some 1400 tons of lead will be salvaged from her cargo during the subsequent days.

Luckily for the captain and officers, the wind probably blew away most of the asbestos dust that surely was released when the Northeastern went the way of the Titanic, but exposure while the ship was active should have been a concern.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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