The SS Park Victory, a Victory-class cargo ship built during World War II under the Emergency Shipbuilding Program was launched on April 21, 1945, by the Permanente Metals, Richmond, California. This ship contained extensive amounts of asbestos in its equipment. The boiler rooms and engineering spaces of this ship exposed people aboard to asbestos as these areas are poorly-ventilated. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 62 merchant marine and 28 US naval armed guards and had its main missions as a livestock carrier to the war-torn nations. On December 25, 1947, the ship sank after it ran aground on rocks accidentally.