SS Pratt Victory Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Delivered to the Merchant Mariners on the 9th of May 1945, the SS Pratt Victory enjoyed somewhat of an illustrious career in the Pacific. On July 27 she is torpedoed into the number 2 cargo hold, which will remain inoperable for the rest of the war. Luckily, no member of her crew was injured, but they will tempt fate again some months after, when 22 of them decide to volunteer for a dangerous mine clearing operation near the Japanese home islands. The method used for this purpose was as crude as could be, and simply involved sailing the Pratt Victory into minefields to detonate any bombs that might still be active. Fortunately enough, the deactivation mechanism on the mines she went over functioned as designed and the ship didn’t receive any damage. During the Korean War, the Pratt Victory took part in moving and supplying the 140th Medium Tank Battalion until finishing her tour on December 23rd, 1952. She was sold into civilian service in 1961, and changed a number of hands for the next decade, finally ending her career in November 1971 after receiving damage from an underwater explosion.

All the punishing she received surely made her especially dangerous to her crew, who might have breathed in higher quantities of asbestos dust than other mariners who served on Victory class ships.

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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