SS Robert M. T. Hunter Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Robert M. T. Hunter was a Liberty ship built at Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation, Savannah, Georgia, during World War II. She was named after Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, a Virginia lawyer, politician, plantation owner and a U.S. Representative Speaker of the House (1839–1841), and U.S. Senator (1847–1861). The ship was laid down on 11 December 1943, under a Maritime Commission contract, and launched on 28 March 1943. Navy veterans run the highest risk of developing asbestos-related conditions due to the military branch’s heavy use of asbestos. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the SS Robert M. T. Hunter, you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, and you should make an appointment with your doctor. The SS Robert M. T. Hunter survived the war only to suffer the same fate as nearly all other Liberty ships that survived did: sold for scrap, their metal recycled.

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 Robert M. T. Hunter


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