SS Patrick B. Whalen Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Patrick B. Whalen was a Liberty ship built at J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia, during World War II. The cargo ship was named after Patrick B. Whalen, who was lost at sea while he was the 1st assistant engineer on the SS Illinois after she was torpedoed by German submarine U-159, on 2 June 1942, in the Caribbean. The SS Patrick B. Whalen was laid down on 29 January 1945, under a Maritime Commission contract, and launched on 15 March 1945. In March 1967, the SS Patrick B. Whalen was sold to Debbie Mae Shipping Corp., and renamed Debbie Mae. She was sold for scrapping in Taiwan in May 1967. An overwhelming majority of the veterans who served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s up to mid-1970s entered in contact with asbestos while on active duty serving their country. Anyone who served onboard the SS Patrick B. Whalen should consult a doctor if they experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, dry cough or wheezing, chest pain or tightness.

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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