SS Thomas LeValley Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Thomas LeValley was a Liberty ship built at J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida, during World War II. The vessel was laid down on 11 February 1944, under a Maritime Commission contract and launched on 28 March 1944. On 27 February 1970, the SS Thomas LeValley was sold to S.P.A. Cantieri Navali, Genova, Italy, for scrapping.

The use of asbestos in shipbuilding peaked between the 1930s up to mid-1970s. Like many other ships from the World War II era, the SS Thomas LeValley was constructed with a number of asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos could be found in engine rooms, boiler rooms, navigation rooms, mess halls, and sleeping quarters, turbines, pumps, valves, and other equipment. Shipbuilders and those who served on military vessels could have inhaled airborne asbestos fibers while working on the 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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