The SS Quinault Victory was built by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, was laid down on May 3, 1944, and launched on June 17, in the same year. This VC2-S-AP3 type Victory ship was built under the Emergency Shipbuilding Program as an American Victory support ship during World War II. The boiler rooms and engineering spaces of this ship exposed people aboard to asbestos, together with floor tiles, valves, and multiple types of insulation and auxiliary equipment. The ship carried 36 Merchant Marine and 17 US Naval Armed Guards throughout its activity and was one of the most short-lived Victory ships as it exploded on July 17, 1944, at Port Chicago, CA, leaving no survivors.
Anyone who has worked onboard the SS Quinault Victory or has performed repairs should get screenings for conditions associated with asbestos exposure. Navy veterans diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases and their families may be eligible for compensation through the VA. Most of our World War II veterans are no longer in existence, but those suffering from asbestos exposure can successfully pursue legal action.