SS Paul Hamilton Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Paul Hamilton was a Liberty ship built during World War II, named after Paul Hamilton, the 3rd United States Secretary of the Navy, from 1809 to 1813. The SS Paul Hamilton was laid down on 30 August 1942 under a Maritime Commission contract and launched on 20 October 1942. An overwhelming majority of the veterans who served in the U.S. Navy at that time entered in contact with asbestos. This hazardous mineral was extensively used in the equipment carried aboard and also found in the materials required for building the vessels. The toxic substance was present everywhere starting with pipes and turbines rooms, to mess halls and sleeping quarters. One could have possibly been exposed to asbestos, either by being a part of the crew serving in the Navy, but also by being implicated in some way in the process of building or dismantling ships, both processes involved the release of asbestos fibers into the air. On 20 April 1944, the ammunition-laden Liberty ship SS Paul Hamilton was completely destroyed after being struck by a German aerial torpedo launched from a Junkers Ju 88A. None of the 8 officers, 39 crew, 29 armed guards, and 504 troops aboard survived.

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 Paul Hamilton

GEORGE STEWART ALLEN

Died on 04/20/1944

Dead

RALPH JOSEPH AMBROSINO

Died on 04/20/1944

Dead

EDWARD ALDEN BAKER

Died on 04/20/1944

Dead

JULIAN POCHE BRIGNAC

22 years old

Dead

ROY WALMYRE ANDERSON

Died on 04/20/1944

Dead

GEORGE WILLIS BOLAND

Died on 04/20/1944

Dead

ALVIN SAUL KAPLAN

29 years old

Dead