SS Patrick Henry Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Patrick Henry was a Liberty ship built during World War II and launched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself. Built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at their Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, the SS Patrick Henry was the first Liberty ship launched. The ship survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was laid up at Mobile, Alabama, and was scrapped at Baltimore in 1958. Because of its incredible physical properties, asbestos was present in every corner of ships from that era. There was no escaping asbestos exposure for many Navy veterans, the toxic mineral could be found in every part of the ship, including storage rooms, mess halls, navigation rooms, and sleeping quarters. Asbestos fibers are tiny and cannot be seen with the naked eye in most cases. Still, they can be breathed in or ingested, and lead to deadly cancers much later in life.

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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Shipmates on SS Patrick Henry

ROBERT WAUGH ALDINGER

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ALFRED PAUL AMORUSO

86 years old

Dead

DEGUZMAN ANDAYA

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

MICHAEL ANGELO JR.

73 years old

Dead

ROGER FRANCIS BACON

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JAMES V. BANSE

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

GEORGE ALOYSIUS BARUNAS JR.

88 years old

Dead

WILLIAM S. BAXTER

101 years old

Dead

GERALD EDWARD BELLOWS

75 years old

Dead

JOHN EDWARD CALDWELL

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

CHARLES V. COLLINS

94 years old

Dead

CHARLES R. EDMONSON

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ROGER EUGENE HACKER

81 years old

Dead