The SS Thomas T. Tucker was a Liberty ship built by the Houston Shipbuilding Corporation, during World War II, for service as a troop and weapons carrier. She was named after Thomas Tudor Tucker, a Bermuda-born American physician and politician representing Charleston, South Carolina. The SS Thomas T. Tucker was laid down on June 16, 1942, under a Maritime Commission contract and launched on August 31, 1942. Today, the SS Thomas T. Tucker is spread out on a beach about two kilometers from the parking area at Olifantsbos, inside the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
After their service to our country, most navy veterans of the asbestos era, suffer the long-term health effects of asbestos exposure. They were exposed to the hazardous mineral when handling and fitting asbestos products. Because asbestos was so treasured by the Navy, it has been used in virtually every shipping operation, from flooring and siding to gaskets, electrical work, and plumbing.