SS Phillips Victory (MCV-758) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

SS Phillips Victory (MCV-758)

The SS Phillips Victory (MCV-758), a Victory ship built by the Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California, was christened on May 26, 1945. This VC2-S-AP2 type Victory ship was named after Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma. The ship was outfitted with parts and supplies containing asbestos, a heat-resistant material known to cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases. The boiler rooms and engineering spaces of this ship exposed people aboard to asbestos, subjecting them to severe health hazards unknown at the time. Navy servicemen were breathing great amounts of fibers when they were sleeping, eating, working, and protecting their country. Insulation made from this toxic mineral was intensely used in turbines, boilers, pumps, and valves, transforming every corner of the ship into an unsafe space. Since there was a multitude of heat-producing equipment aboard, asbestos was the perfect solution to mitigate any risk of potential fires and temperature transfers. After being bought by various companies and renamed several times, the ship was scrapped in May 1969. If you are a Navy veteran and developed an asbestos-related disease, we can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.

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Shipmates on SS Phillips Victory (MCV-758)